Coronavirus latest: Brits in mainland China told to leave if they can

Britons in mainland China have been urged to leave as coronavirus continues to claim more lives in the country.

People wearing face masks walk past an Apple store in Beijing that was closed along with all its others in China. PIC: PA

The Foreign Office amended its travel advice after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he expects more cases of the virus to be diagnosed in the UK.

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Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: "We now advise British nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus.

"Where there are still British nationals in Hubei province who wish to be evacuated, we will continue to work around the clock to facilitate this."

The Foreign Office added that commercial flights departing China were available throughout the country, except in Hubei where virus originated.