Two people in England have tested positive for coronavirus, in the UK’s first confirmed cases of the deadly disease.
It is understood the patients are in Newcastle, where the NHS has one of its four centres designated to treat the condition.
It has been reported that the pair were staying in a hotel in Yorkshire, before being taken overnight to the specialist centre two hours away.
A budget hotel in York was put on lockdown on Wednesday night after a man, understood to be a Chinese national, fell ill.
The man, who was a guest at the Staycity Hotel in the centre of York, was taken to hospital, together with family members. The group were thought to be Chinese tourists.