‘I’m terrified for my babies’ says father as family is tested for coronavirus

A British family of four have been tested for coronavirus after falling ill during a holiday in Venice.

Dad Callum Kerslake last night said: “I’m terrified for my babies.”

A 999 crew in decontamination suits yesterday took the family away after Callum, 24, wife Jessica Luana, 21, and children Sophia, three, and 11-month old CJay, reported symptoms.

Last night the family were back at their Hull home, self-isolating until the results come back in two to three days.

Call centre worker Callum said: “We’ve never been so sick. My eyes were on fire.

Every muscle in my body ached.Sophia and CJay have had temperatures of 40C. None of us can stop coughing.”

The family had been in Dola in Venice where three people have been diagnosed.

They flew back to London Stansted on Thursday night wearing surgical masks as a preventative measure.


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The drama comes as the hunt was stepped up for Patient Zero – the spreader who infected the first Brit tested positive for the Covid-19 virus without leaving the country.

The first victim was treated at Haslemere Health Centre, Surrey, before going to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.

Chief Medical Officer for England Prof Chris Whitty said it was unclear whether the man had contracted the virus from someone recently back from abroad.


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He said: “This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office confirmed a man, believed to be in his 70s, was the first Brit to die of the virus.

He did not live in the UK but had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Three more Brits have tested positive after returning from abroad, bringing the total known cases here to 23 with a further 10,000 tested.

The trio are from Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

Meanwhile, the husband of British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Iran revealed she had caught the virus in prison. 

The infection has reportedly swept through the Tehran jail where Nazanin, 42, is serving five years for ‘plotting to topple the government’. 

In Liverpool, the Radisson Blu hotel has set up isolation rooms after a guest staying there after a trip to Thailand fell ill.

He had been mixing with other guests.

US officials last night confirmed the country’s first coronavirus death hours after a student near Seattle tested positive. America has 59 cases so far.

Back in Britain, the Government is set to bring in new emergency powers to try to stop the virus spreading after 10 cases were reported in just three days.

Schools, councils and other parts of the public sector will be able to suspend laws – including health and safety measures – to cope with a pandemic.

The Government has warned up to 70 per cent of the population could develop the virus.

It is believed prisoners in some of the UK’s most dangerous jails could be moved to NHS hospitals if infected.

“Jails are overcrowded providing the perfect environment for the virus to spread.”

Meanwhile, at Premier league games yesterday was the worrying shape of things to come – fans wearing masks.

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