Coronavirus: Too early to declare international health emergency, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is "too early" to declare an international public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak as six people are tested for the illness in the UK.

The Scottish Government has confirmed five people are being examined after presenting with symptoms of the illness.Another patient is being tested to rule out coronavirus at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, it is understood.It came after infections expert Professor Jurgen Haas claimed there would likely be "many more cases" around the country.

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More than 500 cases of the coronavirus have been reported to the WHO so far. Picture: Getty Images/AsiaPac