Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a custody suite and a police station in Bristol had been temporarily closed. Members of staff were alerted after a Chinese national began developing “flu-like symptoms” of the virus which has killed at least 25 people in China. The incident took place at around 7pm on Wednesday evening. The force said the Patchway police centre and the Trinity Road police station was closed on the advice from NHS and health practitioners.
In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “At just before 7pm on Wednesday January 22, staff at the custody unit at Patchway police centre became aware of a detainee displaying flu-like symptoms.
“There were initial concerns that the detainee, a Chinese national, may have had contact with people who had recently travelled from the Wuhan area of China.
“Following precautionary advice from the NHS and health practitioners, Patchway police centre was temporarily closed along with Trinity Road police station in Bristol, where officers involved in the arrest had travelled to.
“As well as the officers and members of police staff, there was one member of the public at Trinity Road police station, who was asked to remain in the building as a precaution while we sought further advice.”
Avon and Somerset Police said following consultation with Public Health England, it was determined the detainee did not have the Coronavirus.
The force reassured Britons there is “no risk to the public”.
Avon and Somerset Police said: “Following expert advice from Public Health England, it was established this was not a case of the much-publicised novel coronavirus and both stations were fully re-opened at just after midnight.
“The detainee has been given the appropriate medical attention and remains in custody at this time.
“All those involved in this incident have been given up-to-date advice from Public Health England and we’d like to thank the member of the public for their patience and understanding while we took this precautionary action.
“We’d like to assure our communities there is no risk to the public.”
This is a developing news story, more to follow.