Two Coronavirus evacuees heading for Milton Keynes were turned away due to fever

Two Coronoavirus evacuees hoping to be quarantined in Milton Keynes were turned away at the last minute because medical checks showed they had high temperatures, the Citizen can reveal.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 1:08 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 1:08 pm

Both British citizens, they were not allowed to board the flight from China last night in case they were incubating the disease.

One of them told Sky News: “Now we are stranded in Wuhan having missed the last plane out of Wuhan and our last means of evacuation.”

Meanwhile the flight containing around 200 British and foreign nationals landed at RAF Brize Norton at 7am this morning (Sunday).

Kents Hill Park

There were 105 British nationals and family members, 95 foreign nationals and 13 staff and medical professionals, said Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.

The passengers were taken on eight coaches to Kents Hill Park hotel and conference centre in Milton Keynes. They arrived around 10.30 this morning and were met by NHS staff wearing blue scrubs, gloves and masks.

The evacuees are believed to have only hand luggage with them and the NHS is providing welcome packs with toiletries and basic clothing. Yesterday staff were seen carrying armfuls of clothes from Primark into the centre.

NHS officials say the guests will remain in the hotel for 14 days, during which time they will be regularly monitored for symptoms.

New clothing was laid out for the guests

They will have access to Netflix, magazines, books, baby equipment including highchairs, children's toys and games, mobile phones, and tablets for reading, games, and browsing the internet.

Kents Hill Park, which has three star reviews, is closed for business for the next two weeks and no unauthorised members of the public will be allowed on site.

NHS bosses say stringent infection control measures will be in place and there is no risk to the people of Milton Keynes.

Meanwhile, a fourth person has tested positive for coronavirus in the UK. But he or she is a known contact of a previous British patient, and caught the virus in France, says the NHS.

There have been more than 37,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China. And the death toll for coronavirus is now 813, higher than that of the Sars epidemic in 2003.