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10 February 2020 23:31

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Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from BristolLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A person in University of Bath's community is being tested for coronavirus, the university confirmed tonight (February 10) There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus in total, mostly in China where the death toll has reached 908. "We are working closely with PHE and will continue to monitor the situation and support this individual." Bristol Live has received reports the person being tested is a member of staff, but the university has not confirmed this. Self-isolation is a form of voluntary quarantine where people have to make their own arrangements to avoid contact with others. The University of Bath spokesman said: "The health and safety of our staff, students, visitors and the wider community is our top priority. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from SomersetLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email "Drastic action" is being taken in Somerset as a person is self-isolated while they are tested for Coronavirus.

A "member of the community" at the University of Bath is being tested for the deadly global disease, it has been confirmed tonight (February 10). A spokesman for the university has said it is working with Public Health England, and is communicating directly with staff and students, as the Department of Health has called the virus a "serious and imminent threat" to public health. The affected person will be sealed away off from the public and will await urgently developed test results from a lab in Bristol, a local disease control expert has explained. Bath councillor and University of Exeter lecturer Dr Bharat Pankhania said: "While we are in the containment phase of the virus, we really have to take this drastic action. "At this point, the person affected will await the results of the test, which will be either positive or negative.

"During self-isolation, they will need to stay indoors and not have any contact with anyone else - food will be delivered to their doorstep. "If they do start to feel unwell - for example if they experience SOB [Shortness Of Breath] - they will immediately be taken to hospital in a very programmed way. "If the result is confirmed as positive, we must immediately keep this person out of circulation. "Then, we must contact everyone that this person may have been in contact with - this is a very important step of the containment phase - they will also need to be tested. "This is like a game of chess - we have to hold the virus back for as long as possible - because if we don't, the cost of dealing with a large number of infected people would be much higher than the cost of taking drastic action quickly." Dr Pankhania, who worked extensively on the recent Ebola and SARS outbreaks, said it will not be long before the results of the test are revealed. "It is a very quick test, a very quick yes or no answer", Bharat said. "The experts who have devised this test have been saluted because it is a pretty straight forward procedure, you get a very quick answer, usually within 24 hours." There have been more than 40,000 officially confirmed cases of the virus in total, mostly in China where the official death toll has reached 908. In the UK, there have been eight cases of the virus. Dr Pankhania added that the UK must now be on high alert. He said: "While the circulation of a new virus started in China, we were watching the scene develop, but now we must really raise our watchfulness. "However, in this country we have good healthcare, and healthy people. This is not China. "We must exercise watchfulness, exercise good hygiene, and always remember to wash your hands regularly." A spokesman for the University of Bath said: "A member of the university community is being tested for Coronavirus as a precaution and is self-isolating pending the outcome of the test results as advised by Public Health England (PHE). "We are working closely with Public Health England and will continue to monitor the situation and support this individual." Out of the eight people in the UK to have been diagnosed with the illness, two are healthcare workers. The Department of Health has called the virus a "serious and imminent threat" to public health, but the overall risk to the population is "moderate". The University of Bath spokesman added: "The health and safety of our staff, students, visitors and the wider community is our top priority. "We are communicating directly with staff and students, and signposting to the latest PHE advice. "Anyone concerned about their health in relation to Coronavirus should follow PHE guidance and contact NHS 111 if the guidance advises them to do so." Students have reported being contacted by the university on Monday, after spotting the response to the test on the University of Bath campus, according to reports on social media. A hazmat unit dealt with a suspected case of Coronavirus in University of Bristol's Wills Hall, Stoke Bishop, on January 30. The student experiencing "flu-like symptoms" was later found to not be suffering from the illness.