UK police stations forced to close over fears inmate had killer Coronavirus

Two police stations were forced to close over fears a detainee could have the deadly Coronavirus.

Staff at a custody unit became aware of a Chinese national displaying flu-like symptoms and took swift action .

At around 7pm yesterday a custody suite and a police station in Bristol were closed, following advice from the NHS.

The man is said to have been in contact with people who had recently travelled from the Wuhan area of China, where the outbreak has already killed 25 people.

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In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: "Following precautionary advice from the NHS and health practitioners, Patchwork Police Centre was temporarily closed.

"As well as the officers and members of police staff, there was one member of the public at the Trinity Road police station, who was asked to remain in the building a a precaution, while we sought further advice."

"Following expert advice from Public Health England, it was established this was not a case of the much-publicised coronavirus ans both stations were fully reopened, at just after midnight.

"The detainee has been given appropriate medical attention and remains in custody at this time."

The statement continued: "All those involved in this incident have been given up-to-date advice from Public Health England and we'd like to thank the member of the public for their patience and understanding while we took this precautionary action.

"We'd like to assure our communities there is no risk to the public."

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