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Published on Saturday, February 1, 2020

York hotel confirms two guests diagnosed with coronavirus

StayCity Apart Hotel York has confirmed two of its guests were diagnosed with coronavirus and are being treated in a specialist unit.

An apartment in the city centre property was sealed off at the end of last week after a guest, who was staying with a relative, was taken ill.

Initially, StayCity did not comment on reports the man is one of two members of the same family who are being treated for coronavirus at a special centre in Newcastle, but has since confirmed the reports.

The man is a university student at York, who had recently returned from China with a family member.

StayCity said: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there is minimal on-going risk of infection to either guests or staff and as such our York property remains open for business.

"In due course the apartment concerned will undergo a thorough environmental clean and disinfection by a specialist contractor.

"We would like to reassure all our guests that we are following official advice on this matter that the health and safety of everyone working and staying in our properties remain of paramount importance to us."

Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at PHE, said: "Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the confirmed cases.

"The two cases were staying in York when they became unwell. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases.

"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public."

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