A BABY boy has become the youngest Brit in quarantine for suspected coronavirus as his petrified dad revealed "we're in hell".
The eight-month-old tot and his mum have been put into isolation in their own home after they both came into contact with an infected GP.
His dad, who did not wish to be named, said his son had "all the coronavirus symptoms" and feared his four-year-old daughter has also caught the deadly bug in Worthing, Sussex.
He told the Telegraph: "We're in hell, completely petrified. My ex-partner keeps breaking down in tears.
“We’re staying in the house and giving the kids Calpol and paracetamol, but nothing's working.
“My little boy has haemophilia and a lung condition, so he’s already poorly."
Meanwhile, public health officials are trying to track down a dozen patients treated by the GP last week over fears they may have caught the disease in Worthing Hospital, West Sussex.
It came hours after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in London today as the deadly bug spread to the capital.
The woman contracted the virus in China and flew to the UK where she tested positive at a hospital in central London yesterday afternoon.
It takes the number of cases in the UK to nine as officials scramble to find everyone she had been in contact with.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England said: “One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine.
“This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London.”
It comes as…
- First coronavirus case is confirmed in London, taking total UK victims to nine
- Man Utd star Odion Ighalo 'quarantined' and banned from training ground over deadly bug fears
- Hospitals to set up 'assessment pods' to keep suspected victims away from A&Es
- Twelve schools placed on infection alert as panicked parents pull kids out of class
- Super-spreader Stephen Walsh is out of hospital as dozen others at risk are traced
London's congested transport network and 8.9million population will make it a nightmare to track down potential victims to be tested.
Scientists have warned that London is at a greater risk than any other city in Europe due to the number of Chinese visitors that flock there each year.
More than 142,000 tourists arrive in London from China between January and the middle of March every year.
Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton, said: “If confirmed, it is not surprising that London has seen its first case of the coronavirus.
“It’s a city of over 10 million people with several major international airports.
“Both London and the rest of the UK can expect to see more cases, though hopefully these will continue to be isolated cases and seen in small numbers.”
A total of 1,759 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which 1,750 were confirmed negative and now nine positive.
Five cases have been confirmed in Brighton, two cases in York, another in an undisclosed location and the ninth diagnosis in London.
It comes as 12 schools in Sussex have been placed on infection alert as teachers and pupils are told to quarantine themselves.
Five people in the county have been diagnosed with coronavirus and dozens who came into contact with them have been ordered to self-isolate by Public Health England (PHE).
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