Thursday evening news briefing: Four treated for suspected coronavirus in Scotland

Chris Price
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Four treated amid fears coronavirus has reached UK

Four people are being tested for suspected coronavirus in Scotland, according to the head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Jurgen Haas said he believes there will be many more cases from other cities in the UK. Three cases are in Edinburgh and the other is believed to be in Glasgow. They all travelled to Scotland from Wuhan, where the outbreak is thought to have originated, within the past two weeks and are showing symptoms of respiratory trouble, a red flag for the virus. In a statement to the House of Commons this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS was well-prepared but warned the situation was developing rapidly. Read on for the latest.

It comes as Chinese authorities have put three cities, home to 20 million people, on lockdown. So far there are about 600 confirmed cases and at least 17 people have died. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for China. Here is how to reduce your risk of infection. Sarah Newey has everything you need to know about the virus, from symptoms to treatment and how it spreads.

Prince Charles' warning at Auschwitz commemoration

The Prince of Wales warned "hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart" as he joined world leaders at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Prince Charles has flown to Israel for the commemoration and in a speech said "language is used which turns disagreement into dehumanisation" and society must remain "resolute in resisting words and acts of violence". His visit has added significance as the Queen has never made an official visit to Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories in her reign. Read the latest on his first day in the Holy Land.

PS - Belgium's "cursed prince" has backed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's so-called Megxit, saying he understands the feeling for royals of being an object rather than a real person. Read on for details.

Patrick Stewart 'sensational' in new Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek has struggled to boldly go anywhere ever since director JJ Abrams swung in with his deafening 2009 movie reboot. But now amid the darkness comes a twinkle of light. Sir Patrick Stewart is returning as Star Trek: the Next Generation's stentorian spaceman Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard on Amazon Prime. Can the most beloved baldie in show business, with his withering gaze and commanding voice, beam the saga back to the top of the ratings? Read Ed Power's first-look review.

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