Passengers from a British government flight from China have arrived at a Milton Keynes hotel for a 14 day quarantine following the coronavirus outbreak.
The quarantined individuals have been evacuated from Wuhan, and they arrived at the Kents Hill Park hotel and conference centre in Milton Keynes at around 10am this morning (09/02).
The flight carrying the individuals had landed at the RAF Brize Norton airbase in Oxfordshire roughly 3 hours earlier.
Numerous reports have said that over 200 people were on the flight, including 105 British nationals and family members, along with a further 95 people from other European nations and their respective family members, and further medics and government staff.
It was also confirmed by multiple sources that 2 people were denied entry to the flight out of Wuhan as they failed temperature checks.
The flight is the final planned government flight evacuating UK nationals from China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, with 2 previous flights landing last week.
According to the latest updated figures, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in over 37,000 cases worldwide, with the vast majority taking place in China. There have been 813 deaths confirmed as of January 9th.
Health officials and local government have continued to insist that there is no immediate risk to local Milton Keynes residents. Concerns had been raised due to the chosen site’s proximity to the Open University campus and two local schools.
In a statement, Milton Keynes Council said, “The isolation of these guests is a highly precautionary measure. Their presence does not present any risk to local people. No one showing symptoms of the ‘novel coronavirus infection’ (2019-nCoV) would be allowed to board a plane. Highly experienced healthcare professionals will be taking the lead on the care of everyone at the site.”
A temporary metal fence has been erected around the Kents Hill Park site as part of preparations for the arrivals.