Inside the Oxfordshire quarantine unit where Britons get treated for coronavirus

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Published on February 3, 2020 - Duration: 01:56s

Inside the Oxfordshire quarantine unit where Britons get treated for coronavirus

This is the view inside the Oxfordshire quarantine unit where Britons are being treated for coronavirus after flying into the country from China.

Video and stills captured by Anthony May-Smith show the austere blue colours of the unit, 15 minutes away from RAF Brize Northon.

May-Smith has just returned from the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan to the UK.

Captured between February 1 and February 3, May-Smith documents where he was staying in Hubei and his journey through airports where he and other Brits went from Wuhan to Marseille on France's south coast and finally to Oxfordshire.

The self-employed HGV driver from Lichfield, Staffordshire was visiting his girlfriend in Wuhan at the time the virus broke out.

The UK Embassy arranged transport from the accommodation he was staying at to the airport amid the evacuation of British citizens on the second wave of flights.

Footage shows the 45-minute journey from central Wuhan to the airport, where - because of the lockdown - toll booths were closed off the public.

May-Smith said: "The toll booth was shut off, the driver got out and spoke to the army and police to get us through." He eventually entered an empty airport with workers in hazmat suits escorting the group of foreigners on board.

The flight had only 11 UK citizens on board while others were mainly from Europe and Mexico.

Further footage shows where the flight landed near Marseille.

There, passengers were checked by authorities in a screening tent just off the runway.

The flight landed at an airbase just outside the French city; Britons were loaded on to a chartered flight to RAF Brize Norton.

He is now in an infectious disease ward in Oxfordshire ready to be taken to the Arrowe Park Hospital treatment centre in the Wirral - where the incubation period ranges "from 2-10 days," says the World Health Organisation.

May-Smith said that he suspects he will stay the full 14 days.

He told Newsflare: "To be honest, the Chinese authorities were better than the UK ones." Upon a successful test result, patients will be transported to Wirral on Tuesday.


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