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I’m fine, says Brit isolated after return from Wuhan


A BRITON who returned from China has said he feels ‘fine’ after being held in isolation over coronavirus fears.

Anthony May-Smith (above) was on an evacuation flight carrying 11 British nationals from Wuhan to RAF Brize Norton via France on Sunday and is now being cared for in Oxford. He was quarantined after complaining of ‘a bit of a cough and sore throat’.

Mr May-Smith was seated away from other passengers on the flight after telling a nurse of his symptoms.

‘I feel fine now. I think it’s probably the stress of getting back and being run down more than anything,’ he told Sky News. The other ten British nationals on his flight were sent to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, where earlier evacuees are in quarantine.

There are more than 17,000 cases in China of the virus, which has caused 361 deaths. In the UK, 326 tests have resulted in two positive results — a University of York student and one of their relatives. They are being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Meanwhile, the UK has no plans to introduce a US-style travel ban on foreign nationals who have recently been in China. Health secretary Matt Hancock is also putting £20million towards a vaccine for coronavirus.

■ PUBLIC schools have been urged to stop Chinese pupils flying home at half-term because of coronavirus. The Boarding Schools’ Association has advised members to tell parents ‘to consider not travelling’ to China or Hong Kong this month, while also banning pupils or visitors from affected regions. It said students who do travel could be quarantined on their return.