LONDON

Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.K., the first such cases seen, British health authorities said Friday.

“We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus,” said Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England.

“The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried-and-tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus,” he said.

He also said the U.K. has been prepared and robust infection control measures are in place.

“We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organization

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