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Coronavirus: Xboxes, Playstations and Barbies arrive at Wirral unit

por Ronald Roten (2020-03-24)


A British evacuee from coronavirus-hit Wuhan last night shared an image from inside quarantine as he and 82 others spent their first night locked in a nurses' accommodation block in the Wirral. 

Ben Kavanagh is part of a group flown in from China over the coronavirus outbreak who will be holed up in the block at the side of Arrowe Park Hospital for 14 days. 

Their accommodation was on Friday kitted out with bedding, games consoles and Barbies ahead of their 14 days in quarantine. 

The group were driven to the NHS staff accommodation blocks at the side of Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral just after 7.15pm after travelling 180 miles from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. 

Mr Kavanagh shared a picture of himself wearing a mask to Instagram with the caption: 'We are all now safe in quarantine. Everyone has been fantastic, the airline, the stewards/stewardesses, the bus drivers, the NHS. Been travelling for 40 hours. I am mostly grease at this point. I will try to reply to everyone's kind messages tomorrow.' 

It comes as the first cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in the UK, with two people - believed to be Chinese nationals - from the same family being treated by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in its specialist Airborne High Consequences Infectious Disease Centre (HCID).

Officials are trying to trace 438 other air passengers who've recently arrived from Wuhan as medics in hazmat suits were seen entering the York hotel where the two people with confirmed cases were staying. 






Wuhan evacuee Ben Kavanagh last night shared an image from inside the quarantine As your locally owned and operated plumbing business he and 82 others spend their first night locked in a nurses' accommodation block







A medical worker wearing a full hazmat suit can be seen in the bus next to a driver - wearing no protective gear - while the British evacuees from Wuhan sit in the back







Yesterday, trolleys containing PlayStations, Xboxes and children's toys such as Barbie doll sets were seen being wheeled into their quarantined area. Pictured: One of the buses arriving with a British evacuee taking photographs in the back







The driver looks ahead as the bus - containing some of the 83 evacuees - arrives at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, Merseyside on Friday evening







A bus containing some of the British nationals who flew in from Wuhan arrives at the hospital. A medical worker sits at the front near to the driver







One British national waves from the bus as it arrives in the Wirral. The vehicles will also be deep-cleaned before being allowed back into service in a fortnight







 A medical worker in a hazmat suit looks ahead as the convoy of buses arrives at Arrowe Park Hospital







More than 80 Britons flown in from China over the coronavirus outbreak have arrived at their accommodation that was on Friday kitted out with bedding, games consoles and Barbies ahead of their 14 days in quarantine. Pictured: Buses carrying the British nationals arrive last night







A team of medical staff, who will wear protective suits, will closely monitor their condition when they arrive. Pictured: A bus carrying some of the passengers on the way to Arrowe Park Hospital







Coach drivers who took those evacuated from Wuhan to their quarantine location on the Wirral will also spend 14 days in isolation themselves







Coach drivers who took those evacuated from Wuhan to their quarantine location did not wear any protective gear









A staff member gazing out of a window at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside as the British nationals arrived last night







Anyone with suspicious symptoms will be taken to the nearby Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital, which has a high-level infectious diseases unit. Pictured: Members of medical staff wearing masks as the buses arrive

















Bus drivers were asked to drive those brought back from China without any masks or specialist clothing - and will now take a period of paid leave away from others. Pictured: People look out of the window where the British nationals are now quarantined







The five coaches - carrying the 83 Britons who were on board the Wamos Air Boeing 747 on Friday - were escorted into the Merseyside hospital by five police officers on motorbikes







A convoy of coaches carrying British nationals evacuated from Wuhan in China was escorted by a police car as it arrived in the hospital















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Buses carrying the British nationals drove along the M6 to the Wirral ahead of their two weeks of quarantine







They are being isolated for two weeks because this is the maximum time it is thought to take for symptoms to emerge if a person has been infected. Pictured: The convoy arriving at the accomodation







The buses carrying British nationals who flew in from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, travelled down the M6 to their accommodation







Some of the toys were aged one to three years, suggesting families with small children may be kept in isolation. Pictured: The trolleys being taken in 







It is understood that those quarantined will be given fully-furnished rooms, food and laundry facilities, while kitchens are available if people wish to self cater. Pictured: Food packages are brought into the NHS accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital yesterday







Any families will be able to stay together and there will be no charge for the accommodation. Pictured: A cot being moved outside the accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside yesterday afternoon







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The view inside one of the rooms that will be used to quarantine some 83 Britons at Arrowe Park Hospital 


The coronavirus, which has infected nearly 12,000 people and killed 259 - all in China - is known to spread easily through coughs and sneezes and close contact, and people may be contagious even if they feel well. 

The five coaches - carrying the 83 Britons who were on board the Wamos Air Boeing 747 on Friday - were escorted into the Merseyside hospital by five police officers on motorbikes. 

Three ambulances were also in the convoy as well as two police cars. They were taken by drivers without protective masks, raising fears for their safety.

Coach drivers who took those evacuated from Wuhan to their quarantine location on the Wirral will also spend 14 days in isolation themselves. 

They were asked to drive those brought back from China without any masks or specialist clothing - and will now take a period of paid leave away from others.

A spokesman for Horseman Coaches said their staff had been reassured by Government officials that they did not need to wear masks for the 180-mile journey because passengers had been quarantined for eight days in China and only allowed on the flight because they were clear of any symptoms.