A British passenger who was evacuated to the UK from Wuhan on Sunday was taken ill on the plane and escorted directly to hospital on landing. The passenger started to feel “slightly unwell” during the second flight to evacuate Britons from the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, according to UK health officials. It is understood that Public Health England conducted a risk assessment before the plane door was opened. No ground personnel came into contact with the passenger apart from ambulance crew in full protective kit.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that the passenger had developed “mild, cold-like symptoms”, adding: “Our robust processes continue to ensure there is no risk to the wider public from those in quarantine or those undergoing further treatment.”
“None of the other new arrivals have shown any symptoms, but as a precautionary measure they were allocated rooms in a separate area of the facility, isolated from those already here.”