UK police officers in quarantine after jail put on ‘lockdown’ over coronavirus

Three Staffordshire cops are in isolation after an unwell female prisoner sparked fears of coronavirus.

A jail is reportedly on locked down after the woman, believed to be Chinese, fell unwell after being arrested in Burton.

Two police constables and a PCSO have been told to self isolate to avoid passing the virus onto others as the UK tries to contain its spread.

The Northern Area Custody Facility in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, is currently on lockdown, report StokeOnTrentLive.

The woman reportedly fell ill as she was being moved to the station and is being tested for the coronavirus – igniting fears she has passed it on to the police officers.

So far nine people have tested positive in the UK, with over 2,000 confirmed deaths worldwide.

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A spokesman told StokeOnTrentLive: "Three members of Staffordshire Police are staying at home as a precautionary measure after reports that a woman who had been detained in custody was unwell.

"The woman, who is a non-UK national, was arrested in Burton and taken to Northern Area Custody in Stoke-on-Trent.

"Tests have taken place but health officials believe it is ‘highly unlikely’ the woman has Covid-19 (coronavirus).

"The results of the tests will be known later this week and in the meantime the two police constables and a PCSO are staying at home as a precautionary measure in accordance with NHS guidelines."

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A source added: "A Chinese woman was taken to custody at Etruria this morning and was believed to have been suffering with coronavirus.

"Custody staff and police officers were sent home. The custody facility was on lockdown for about an hour before it reopened. They are now taking prisoners as normal."

It comes after the Government has declared a 'serious and imminent threat to public health' after a patient quarantined in Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside attempted to abscond.

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So far nine people in the UK have tested positive for the deadly respiratory virus.

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At the time of publication 75,282 had tested positive for coronavirus, with the total deaths at 2,014 and the total number of people recovered 15,084.

The vast majority of those infected remain in Mainland China.

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