The coronavirus is sweeping the globe having killed over 200 people.

Some 83 patients plus a further 11 are staying at Arrowe Park hospital in Merseyside where they are being quarantined for two weeks.

Doctors want to regularly check up on the group, who flew in from China this week, to help prevent any potential virus outbreak in the UK.

The coronavirus has also bee reported in a further 24 countries including two confirmed cases in the UK.

It causes respiratory infections and flu like symptoms such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath.

Experts from the World Health Organisation to doctors in the NHS have provided advice on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus.

5 Good hygiene

The importance of hygiene is heavily promoted such as washing hands for at least 20 seconds with alcohol based gels or hand wash.

This is especially pivotal after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

People are also encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, noes or mouth with unwashed hands to reduce the spread of infection.

A new infectious coronavirus known as "2019-nCoV" was discovered in Wuhan

4 Self quarantine

 The public are also urged to stay at home and avoid public spaces when experiencing illness or flu like symptoms and also to avoid those showing signs of infection.

Those who have returned from China in the past 14 days are also encouraged to quarantine themselves regardless of whether they have shown symptoms or not.

This includes avoiding public transport or populated areas such as supermarkets, high streets and schools.

3 Disinfect your keyboard and phone

The WHO have also encouraged the public to regularly disinfect frequently used surfaces such as phones, and keyboards.

2 Cover your mouth

 Additionally, when in public spaces, physical protectors such as masks are encouraged as well as ensuring tissues are always used when coughing or sneezing.

1 Contact your doctors

Finally, the NHS have advised those who have either returned from mainland China in the past 14 days or have come into close contact with anyone who has to seek medical advice from the NHS helpline 111.

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This is particularly important if people begin to experience respiratory or flu like symptoms.

While the NHS have declared that the risk to the population is low, these steps are suggested to be vital to reduce the risks of mass infection within the UK and globally.