Claims circling that the Isle of Wight will be the host for a national Coronavirus quarantine centre have been denied.
OnTheWight has spent the last week investigating the rumour with the national body that is coordinating preparations for Coronavirus (Covid-19) – the Department for Health (DoH).
National investigative journalist, Alex Varley-Winter, had been in extended communication with the DoH’s press team.
Finally, the head of the national Coronavirus desk press team clarified that there was no truth to the rumour.
Coronavirus assessment pod
A coronavirus assessment centre has been set up at St Mary’s Hospital for patients who are concerned they may have the virus.
The new contingency measures, being installed in A&E departments will prevent those who think they have symptoms of the coronavirus from mingling with vulnerable patients and will be directed to a pod.
All UK cases contracted abroad
At time of publishing there are 15 people in the UK diagnosed with Covid-19, all contracted abroad.
The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
Most people infected are likely to fully recover – just as they would from flu.