Up to three prison officers have been placed in isolation while the woman, who has not been named, is being screened for the virus that spawned from Wuhan, China. The woman, who is not originally from the UK, was taken to a custody centre in Staffordshire. The centre is the Northern Area Custody in Stoke-on-Trent.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Three members of Staffordshire Police are staying at home as a precautionary measure after reports that a woman who had been detained in custody was unwell.
“The woman, who is a non-UK national, was arrested in Burton and taken to Northern Area Custody in Stoke-on-Trent.
“Tests have taken place but health officials believe it is ‘highly unlikely’ the woman has Covid-19 (coronavirus).
“The results of the tests will be known later this week and in the meantime the two police constables and a PCSO are staying at home as a precautionary measure in accordance with NHS guidelines.”
It comes as the latest death toll for the killer bug has been recorded at 2,000.
The six new cases have all been reported to have taken place in mainland China.
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