First possible cases of Coronavirus in UK as four people are tested in Scotland

The NHS is braced for the coronavirus after it emerged that four people in Scotland are being tested for the Virus.

The head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh confirmed there are three potential cases in Edinburgh and another in Glasgow.

The four people had travelled to Scotland from the city of Wuhan, China, which is at the epicentre of the outbreak that has killed 17 people.

Today Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was an ‘increased likelihood’ of cases in the UK, but insisted the risk to the public remains low and the country is ‘well prepared’.

Tests are currently being carried out on the four people in the UK, who went to hospital after having trouble breathing.

None of the patients have yet been confirmed of having the disease.

Other cases have been reported in the US, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.