A British coronavirus evacuee bound for a hospital in the Wirral has been taken to a separate facility after falling ill on the flight from China.
The patient became unwell on the second evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak.
However, after falling ill on the flight to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, they were taken to a different NHS hospital.
On Monday, Wirral Council said: “We were expecting a further 11 people, repatriated from Wuhan in China, to arrive and join current guests in the accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital last night.
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“During the flight, one of the passengers started to feel slightly unwell, and self-isolated immediately. Upon landing, that passenger remained isolated, and was taken to another NHS hospital for tests.
“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 there.”
Last Friday, 83 Britons were flown from Wuhan to the UK and then put in quarantine in a staff accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Both Wirral University Teaching Trust and the Department of Health declined to comment on the report when approached by Yahoo News UK.
The first confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK were confirmed last week.
Two people, a University of York student and one of their relatives, are being treated for the infection at a specialist unit in Newcastle.
On Sunday, the Department of Health quashed an inaccurate report that there was a third UK case involving a Chinese soldier from Shanghai being treated at a hospital in the West Midlands.
Meanwhile, the British Embassy in Beijing said remaining Britons wishing to leave the coronavirus-hit region of Hubei will be able to return on a number of flights this week.
"We are working hard to get seats on those flights for British nationals and their immediate families - the Chinese authorities have confirmed that this would include Chinese and third-party nationals,” the embassy said.
It added that they "may be the last flights available for foreign nationals out of Hubei".