Five Brits test pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus in France

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Paris, France - Five Bri­tish na­tion­als in­clud­ing a child have tested pos­i­tive for the new coro­n­avirus in France, the Health Min­is­ter said, adding that they had all stayed at the same ski chalet.

France has now de­tected a to­tal of 11 cases of the novel coro­n­avirus, and the new ‘clus­ter’ is cen­tred on a Bri­ton who had re­turned from Sin­ga­pore and stayed in Con­tamines-Mon­tjoie, near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Health Min­is­ter Agnes Buzyn said.

‘They show no se­ri­ous signs’ of a life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tion added Buzyn, her­self a doc­tor.

The Bri­ton at the cen­tre of the new cases is now in Bri­tain and was not counted among the French tally.

In ad­di­tion to the five Bri­tons who have tested pos­i­tive for the virus, six other Bri­tons stay­ing in the same chalet in were also hos­pi­talised for ob­ser­va­tion, she said.

Author­i­ties are now try­ing to con­tact peo­ple who came into close con­tact with the ini­tially in­fected Brit, she said.

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