France has confirmed two cases of coronavirus as the first in Europe.

Speaking to French media, Minister of Solidarity and Health Agnes Buzyn said one case of the virus had been found in Bordeaux while the second was discovered near Paris.

Both of the people suffering from the illness had travelled to China.

The patient in Bordeaux, 48, had ‘been in contact with a dozen people since his arrival in France’ but is now in isolation, she added.

The minister said she expects more cases to come, saying: ‘We have two cases. We will probably have other cases.’

It comes as the official death toll in China has risen to 26, with more than 830 confirmed cases.

The Government’s emergency Cobra committee called a meeting to discuss the threat of coronavirus today as 14 people in Britain were given the all-clear.

Public Health England (PHE) has warned it is ‘highly likely’ cases will be seen in UK.



Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also stated there is an ‘increased likelihood’ of cases of the new coronavirus occurring in the UK.

A second case of the virus was confirmed in the US today after a woman in Chicago, Illinois, contracted it.

The woman in her 60s, who had returned from Wuhan, is being treated in hospital and is understood to be doing well.

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