Anger among returning Britons as they’re told four people on plane had COVID-19Tanaka Chitsa
The patients are being transferred from Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral to specialist NHS infection centres.
Four of the British evacuees who landed back in Britain from Japan on Saturday have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the number of UK cases to 13.
The virus was transmitted when they were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
They are being transferred from Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral to specialist NHS infection centres, England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said.
It has also emerged that while they were tested in Japan, the results did not come back until Sunday, meaning it was unclear whether they were infected when they boarded the plane back to the UK.
The Department of Health said the new cases were confirmed following “test results received from Japan”.
It added that a “full infectious disease risk assessment” was carried out, and no one who boarded the repatriation flight displayed any symptoms.
It previously said that all the evacuees tested negative before getting on the plane.
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