Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that the two people with coronavirus being cared for in Newcastle had been staying in York when they were taken unwell.

They are being cared for at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Yesterday, we reported that a man had been taken to hospital in York after staying in a Staycity hotel in the city. It has been confirmed today that both those treated in Newcastle were guest at that hotel, in the city centre.

Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at PHE, said:

Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the confirmed cases.

Prof Sharon Peacock, Public Health England

The Staycity Group has commented on the news.

A spokesperson for the firm said:

We have now received confirmation that two guests staying in one of our apartments in York have been tested positive for the coronavirus. We have been advised by Public Health England that there is minimal ongoing risk of infection to either guests or staff, and as such our York property remains open for business. In due course the apartment concerned will undergo a thorough environmental clean and disinfection by a specialist contractor. We would like to reassure all our guests that we are following official advice on this matter and that the health and safety of everyone working and staying in our properties remains of paramount importance to us.

Staycity Hotel Group