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Two patients test negative for Mers virus

Two patients who triggered the shut down of A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary have tested negative for the Mers virus.

Manchester Royal Infirmary's A&E was shut down Credit: PA Images

A Public Health England statement said:

“PHE can confirm that two individuals were tested for MERS-CoV in Manchester.

These cases are separate and unrelated. The results of both tests were negative.”

– Public Health England

Sterling bags a brace in Vietnam

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Raheem Sterling scored twice for Manchester City as his new side thumped a Vietnam national team 8-1 in the final match of their pre-season tour.

Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the other goals in Hanoi.

It was City's fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini's squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend.


Respect the water and the dangers say Fleetwood RNLI

Greater Manchester Fire service are urging young people to avoid open water this summer. They've been training in Wales and say they deal with more water related deaths than fires. Meanwhile the RNLI say more than half those who drowned last year didn't intend to enter the water. Dave Eccles from Fleetwood RNLI warns of the dangers.

Cueto calls on the RFU to stage more internationals in the North West

Mark Cueto meets fans with the Webb Ellis Trophy. Credit: ITV News.

Former Sale winger Mark Cueto has called on the RFU to stage more internationals in the North West.

Cueto, a World Cup finalist in 2007, today took the famous Webb Ellis trophy to Manchester's Central Library to let fans get a glimpse of what's up for grabs this autumn.

England will play Uruguay at the Etihad Stadium in their final World Cup group game. But that's their only match away from Twickenham.


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Manchester A&E reopens amid suspected Mers outbreak

Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E has re-opened as the hospital investigates two suspected cases of Mers.

Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E Credit: PA

Central Manchester University Hospitals issued a statement confirming that one patient suspected to have the virus has been moved to another hospital and said there is "no significant risk" to public health.

This afternoon, we confirmed that we are currently investigating two patients for suspected Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome - Coronavirus Infection (MERS-COV).

Both patients were isolated for on-going management of their condition while tests took place.

One patient has now been relocated to North Manchester General. Results of the tests are still pending.

Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E is open to the public.

We would like to reassure our patients and the general public that there is no significant risk to public health.

– Statement from Central Manchester University Hospitals
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