“A second case of a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus has been identified in the UK.
The patient, who is receiving intensive care treatment in a Manchester hospital, had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan.
Doctors insist the risk of the new coronavirus spreading to the general UK population is “extremely low” and the situation is being closely monitored.
The total number of confirmed cases globally now stands at 10.
The death toll is five – three patients treated in Saudi Arabia and two treated in Jordan.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, spread through droplets of body fluids produced by sneezing and coughing.
In 2002 an outbreak of Sars killed about 800 people after the virus spread to more than 30 countries around the world.