Heading for Milton Keynes - 150 Brits in quarantine for coronavirus set off on Saturday night

Welcome packs have tonight been laid out for the 150 Brits - including children and babies, who will be quarantined in a city hotel for the next two weeks.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 9:50 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th February 2020, 9:56 pm

Their flight took off tonight from Wuhan, the epicentre of the disease in China, and is due to arrive at RAF Brize Norton. early Sunday morning.

They will be taken to the Kents Hill Park hotel and conference centre, where they will remain for 14 days in strict quarantine.

An NHS spokesman said tonight: "The guests will have access to Netflix, magazines, books, baby equipment (including highchairs), children’s toys and games, mobile phones and tablets for reading, games and internet."

Welcome packs for the guests

The NHS has released photos of the welcome packs containing toiletries and even new underwear they have been provided for the guests.

They say the 300-bedroom hotel, which is in Timbold Drive, was chosen because it offers "appropriate accommodation" and has necessary medical facilities "close at hand should they be required".

Staff and medics dealing with the guests will wear full protective clothing at all times and no guest will be allowed to step outside of the facility for the full 14 days.

But, even with these precautions, the news has caused many people in Milton Keynes to be alarmed - particularly families living close to the hotel.

New underwear has been provided for the adults and childrem

"We have all these people coming from the very place in China where the disease is rife. How do we know they are not bringing coronavirus to Milton Keynes?" said one critic online.

NHS experts however insist there is no risk to the public of MK.

It is not yet known whether any guests showing signs of coronavirus would be treated at Milton Keynes hospital or taken to a specialist High Consequences Infectious Diseases (HCID) unit elsewhere in the country.

Only specially trained medical staff can enter these units and they wear protective gowns, face masks, visors and gloves before they can enter. If necessary, patients will have a specially-designed tent with a ventilator set up around their bed.

Kents Hill Park hotel and conference centre

The Department of Health and Social Care say 620 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus to date but only three cases have been confirmed.

One of the bedrooms
A bathroom at the hotel