Positive case of coronavirus in Maidstone Studios in Kent

A member of staff at the Maidstone Studios in Kent has tested positive for coronavirus.

The person has been in the building last week and was tested positive yesterday evening (01/03).

It's been reported the person recently returned from Italy and is now in a treatment centre in London.

The situation is being monitored carefully.

Staff have been advised to self-isolate as a precaution.

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There are a number of businesses at the studios, including ITV News Meridian.

A statement from ITV Press Office say they will continue to review the situation:

Maidstone Studios, Kent Credit: ITV

A nearby restaurant has been closed as a precaution as it's a place frequently used by staff members of the studios.

Anyone concerned about symptoms is advised to call 111.

Dr James Mapstone, Acting Regional Director, Public Health England South of England, said: "Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk tothem and the wider public."

Boris Johnson has said the coronavirus outbreak is likely to spread in the UK after chairing a Cobra meeting.

The problem will become "more significant" in the coming days and weeks, the prime minster said, before adding there is a plan to protect the public

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