Dr Yvonne Doyle, a medical director and director for health protection at Public Health England, did not reject the assumptions that there could already have been cases of coronavirus infections in the UK, despite no one having been officially diagnosed, but insisted that the country was “well prepared” for a potential outbreak of the virus.
“We are learning a lot about the virus, we are well prepared”, Dr Doyle told Sky News host Kay Burley when asked about how British authorities were addressing the possibility of the virus spreading to the country, as a large number of tourists and British citizens have been travelling from China over the last couple of weeks.
"Although airports seem important, the most likely place we may find a case is in the country already."— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) January 27, 2020
Public Health England's Dr Yvonne Doyle says PHE's been intensifying its work since spotting coronanvirus in the early new year. She insists they are prepared. JM#KayBurley pic.twitter.com/ry72RLZrFo
The medical director insisted that Britain has a plan to track those who arrive from Wuhan and other parts of China, adding that although it is not “always possible to find everybody”, the health authorities are making their “best endeavours”.
“The most likely place that we may find the case is someone who is in the country already”, the medical chief argued. She also said that the NHS was being prepared to deal with potential cases of the Wuhan virus.
According to the official, the best way to protect yourself from infection is to follow basic rules of personal hygiene and “keep your hands clean”.