All British nationals in mainland China have been urged to leave by the UK government due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement advising all British nationals to leave the country if they can, and said work continues to repatriate people stuck in the Hubei province, where the outbreak began. 

He said: “The safety and security of British people will always be our top priority.

“As such, we now advise British Nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus.

"Where there are still British Nationals in Hubei Province who wish to be evacuated, we will continue to work around the clock to facilitate this.”

Chinese travellers wear protective masks and goggles after getting off a train as they and others return after the Spring Festival holiday on January 31

The Foreign Office added that commercial flights departing China were available throughout the country, except in Hubei  which has been on lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

For the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak, follow our live blog here.

The death toll has risen to 425 people - of which just two are outside China - with more than 20,000 cases confirmed globally.

British officials are still trying to trace 239 people who flew from Wuhan to the UK before travel restrictions came into effect.

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A total of 94 nationals and family members have been evacuated to Britain from Wuhan, on flights which arrived on Friday and Sunday.

They are now spending a fortnight in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

British nationals in China who need consular support should call +86 (0)10 8529 6600 or the FCO in London on +44 (0) 207 008 1500.

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