Two confirmed coronavirus cases in Yorkshire hotel - Public Health England statement in full

Two confirmed cases of coronavirus relate to people staying in a hotel in Yorkshire, Public Health England has confirmed today.

The two people were staying in a Staycity Aparthotel in York when they became unwell.

The pair are being treated by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in its specialist Airborne High Consequences Infectious Disease Centre (HCID).

Prof Sharon Peacock, Director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the confirmed cases.

The hotel in York in which the two coronavirus cases were confirmed

"The two cases were staying in York when they became unwell.

"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases.

“This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Staycity Aparthotels York has also confirmed two guests staying in their hotel have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Coronavirus prompted an alert in China. Photo: AP/PA

A spokesperson said: "We have now received confirmation that two guests staying in one of our apartments in York have been tested positive for the coronavirus.

"We have been advised by Public Health England that there is minimal ongoing risk of infection to either guests or staff, and as such our York property remains open for business.

"In due course the apartment concerned will undergo a thorough environmental clean and disinfection by a specialist contractor.

"We would like to reassure all our guests that we are following official advice on this matter and that the health and safety of everyone working and staying in our properties remains of paramount importance to us."