A total of 31 people in the UK have been tested for deadly coronavirus, the government have announced.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have confirmed the number of people tested so far.

As of Saturday afternoon, some 31 tests have now concluded, all of which were confirmed as negative for the virus.

The news comes as a professor warns there are likely to be 'many cases' across the UK.

Those tested so far includes five people in Edinburgh and Glasgow yesterday.

They all travelled to Scotland from Wuhan - where the outbreak is thought to have originated - within the past two weeks and are showing symptoms of respiratory trouble, a red flag for the virus.

The Coronavirus has killed 41 people in China
The Coronavirus has killed 41 people in China

Health officials have teamed up with Border Force agents and airlines to try to track down 2,000 people who have recently flown into the UK from Wuhan.

The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed: "There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad, and the risk to the public is low.

"The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community."

Following reports of people being tested in Scotland the head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Jurgen Haas, said he believes there will be cases in "many other cities" in the UK.

The outbreak has shut down public transport in 18 cities in China
The outbreak has shut down public transport in 18 cities in China

"It's not too surprising. My suspicion is that there will probably be many more cases in many other cities in the UK.

"None of the cases I know of have been confirmed."

He said there is only one laboratory testing for the virus, operated by Public Health England (PHE).

The professor said the cases have been flagged up through the PHE infection guidelines as they travelled to Wuhan within the last 14 days and are showing signs of respiratory symptoms.

China has confirmed 1,372 cases across the country.

China has confirmed 1,372 cases across the country
China has confirmed 1,372 cases across the country

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