It was reported that a Chinese soldier was being tested for the coronavirus at a Walsall hospital days after a mother and son were struck down at the University of York where thousands are now feared to be at risk, But the Department of Health have since said the claims were untrue.
A Chinese soldier, reportedly from Shanghai, was understood to be being cared for in an isolation ward in the Manor Hospital, Walsall. It is thought that he arrived in a veil of secrecy at the hospital on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday, according to a close source who works at the hospital. No staff were allowed anywhere near the man who is being treated by specialist doctors wearing protective clothing.
The man, if indeed had been found to be carrying the virus, it would be the third person in the UK to test positive for the coronavirus, after two people from York were found to be infected by the deadly disease.