Spain Confirms 2nd Coronavirus Case; UK Plane Brings 200 Evacuees

February 9, 2020 Updated: February 9, 2020
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MADRID—Spain has confirmed its second case of the new virus from China and a plane evacuating more than 200 people from the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic landed Sunday in Britain.

Spain’s National Microbiology Center said Sunday the coronavirus case was detected in Mallorca, a popular vacation island in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Spanish Health Ministry said the person was one of four suspicious cases admitted last Friday to the Son Espases University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca. The other three tested negative. The Health Ministry said further details would be released at a news conference later Sunday.

Spain’s first virus case was a German tourist diagnosed a week ago in the Canary Islands off northwest Africa.

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Items of clothing are taken into Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, ahead of the repatriation to the UK of the latest Coronavirus evacuees who are due to land at RAF Brize Norton, in Milton Keynes, England, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Britain’s evacuation plane, the second one charted by the government, arrived Sunday morning at RAF Brize Norton. British officials said the flight brought back 105 British citizens and family members, as well as 95 European citizens and family members. A total of 13 staff and medics were also on board.

The passengers were being taken to a hotel in Milton Keys where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

The deadly virus has infected at least tens of thousands and stirred concern worldwide.

Europe has seen a total of 38 infections in nine countries, with including 14 in Germany.

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People walk toward the main entrance of Klinikum Schwabing, after Germany declared its first confirmed case of the deadly coronavirus that broke out in China, in Munich, Germany, on Jan. 28, 2020. (Ayhan Uyanik/Reuters)