Friday evening news briefing: Coronavirus scare at Heathrow

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Coronavirus scare at Heathrow as passenger falls ill

There has been a deadly virus scare at Heathrow. A passenger fell ill with suspected coronavirus on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to London this morning. The unnamed passenger was reportedly isolated at the back of the plane, but staff dealing with the incident were not said to be wearing face masks or protective clothing. The other passengers were later released. In other news, two MPs have self-isolated after attending the UK bus summit in London, where one delegate has since tested positive for the disease. It comes as Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, said the body has not offered advice to the IOC about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics yet. Our liveblog has all the latest. But there were jubilant scenes in Cambodia this morning as passengers on a cruise ship barred from ports across Asia were finally able to disembark.

Meanwhile, lung disease experts have warned smokers are at increased risk of coronavirus complications as new research sheds more light on who is most susceptible to the disease. The large volume of data now being released shows clear patterns among those falling ill. If you are commuting home on public transport, here is a guide to avoiding hotspots that could spread coronavirus. And Tom Rees reports on how the eurozone has suffered its worst growth since the debt crisis as coronavirus darkens the economic outlook on the continent.

Police probe into ‘transphobic’ tweets ruled unlawful

Humberside Police unlawfully interfered with a man’s right to freedom of expression by turning up at his place of work over his allegedly “transphobic” tweets, the High Court has ruled. Former police officer Harry Miller, who founded campaign group Fair Cop, said the police’s actions had a “substantial chilling effect” on his right to free speech. In a ruling today, the police were compared to the Stasi and the Gestapo by judge Mr Justice Julian Knowles after Mr Miller claims an officer told him that he had not committed a crime, but that his tweeting was being recorded as a “hate incident”. Read the views Mr Miller expressed on Twitter about proposed reforms to the law on gender recognition.

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