A PRISON has been placed on lockdown today after an inmate collapsed in his cell with suspected coronavirus after returning from a Thai jail.
The lag is believed to have been banged up in Thailand before being transferred to Bullingdon prison in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
An entire wing at the jail has been shut off with three cons now being tested for the deadly disease.
A source told MailOnline: "The entire wing is currently in lockdown and will be for the next 72 hours or so.
"That means that prisoners will remain in their cells for the duration and will be fed food on plates pushed through their door hatches."
The source explained that the stricken prisoner was being treated at a “specialist hospital” outside of the prison walls.
They added: “He is understood to have recently arrived at Bullingdon from a jail in Thailand under a transferral scheme.
It came as:
- Parents' terror as coronavirus panic spreads to two schools in Brighton with kids sent home
- The British 'super-spreader' was revealed as a scout leader who claimed to be "fully recovered" after spending 14 days in quarantine
- He is feared to have infected at least 11 others after flying from Singapore via France
- Hundreds of cons were confined to their cells today while two lags were tested
- Two health centres were shut in Brighton and pupils were advised to stay home
- A health centre in Berkshire was closed over fears a patient may have caught the bug
“He is being treated at a specialist hospital outside the prison. The two other prisoners were displaying flu-like symptoms and are in Bullingdon’s hospital wing.”
All three of the prisoners were in single cells – while a nurse who helped treat them has self-isolated as a “precaution”, it is believed.
Public Health England officials were spotted at the prison site assisting the 1,114 prisoners and advising staff as medics in hazmat suits entered the jail's suspect wing.
The segregated prisoners were said to be receiving separate food and medication from the other inmates.
According to the Department of Health this afternoon a total of 1,358 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which 1,350 were confirmed negative and eight positive.
Today's scare at Bullingdon comes as panicked parents were allowed to pull their kids out of school amid fears coronavirus has spread to classrooms.
Pupils at Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic and Bevendean Primary School were told they could stay at home after it was revealed three more people may have caught the deadly disease from Steve Walsh — dubbed the city's "super-spreader".
Headteachers alerted parents via email this morning to warn them of the potential coronavirus outbreak as staff members were advised to self-isolate after coming into "close contact" with the 53-year-old businessman.
Worried mum Fran Gray, 40, said she rushed 20 miles to pick up her daughter from school after a parent WhatsApp group alerted her.
"Everyone is panicking and going crazy," she told Sun Online.
The UK remains on high alert as a growing number of people are tested for the highly contagious virus — labelled Covid-19 by the World Health Organization.
It comes after medics wearing hazmat suits were spotted in universities and health centres across the country.
Similarly a student from the University of Bath, suspected of having the killer-flu, is in self-isolation awaiting results of a test.
Elsewhere, Boundary House Surgery in Bracknell, Berkshire, was put on lockdown earlier today to ensure a deep clean is carried out over coronavirus fears — sparking panic among locals.
Unconfirmed reports suggests that someone — who potentially has the deadly SARS-like virus — had booked into the extended-hours surgery after returning from Thailand.
Two people from Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary School — where 'super-spreader' Mr Walsh's children attend — are currently in self-isolation for the next 14 days.
The school today would not clarify if the two patients are pupils or teachers.
Meanwhile, a teacher was "self-isolated" at Bevendean Primary School — prompting parents to "shake with fear".
Britain is facing a major coronavirus outbreak and Brighton is at its centre because it is home to businessman Mr Walsh, 53, who infected at least 11 people across Europe and the UK over the past two weeks.
Worryingly, coronavirus cases in the UK doubled to eight yesterday after four more patients tested positive for the killer bug.
The new cases — three men and a woman — are all known contacts of the 53-year-old scout leader who was diagnosed last week.
But the dad-of-two from Hove, who is still in quarantine at St Thomas' Hospital in London, says he is now fully recovered.
After landing back in the UK, Mr Walsh visited local boozer the Grenadier Pub, Hove, between 7pm and 9pm last Saturday.
But after popping in for a casual pint, five members of staff at the popular watering hole have since been forced to self-isolate at home for two weeks.
Dr Catriona Greenwood is thought to be one of the two medics infected — and may have passed the bug on to patients.
It comes after a second doctor's surgery in the city, the Warmdene surgery , closed.
Dr Greenwood works as a locum at the practise which has since been shut for decontamination as officials scramble to trace patients to be tested.
The surgery is part of the same practise as the County Oak Medical Centre, which was closed while staff in hazmat suits deep cleaned the surgery yesterday afternoon.
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