Distressing pics show coronavirus patients screaming in packed Wuhan hospital

The horror inside the sealed-off city of Wuhan has been revealed in pictures that show hospitals packed with coronavirus patients desperate for treatment.

Chaotic images taken inside a hospital show corridors packed with people wearing face masks as they wait to be tested.

Doctors and nurses wearing full hazmat suits pointed and shouted as they cut through the crowd as infection fears grip the outbreak city.

In one particularly harrowing snap, a patient appeared ill and slumped on a chair as a woman shakes and screams in distress.

A person who took the shocking images said they were waiting to be tested themselves inside the hospital.

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They told the Mirror, on the condition of anonymity: “The hospitals can’t keep up with the number of people being tested and it’s resulting in people falling unwell and passing out.

“The country is in panic and a lot of people are sicker than they’re saying. They don’t have control of it.”

It comes as China confirms 41 people have died from the virus and another 1,000 cases have been reported.

Doctors have also been seen turning away patients, with some medical staff claiming they had run out of testing kits.

A woman, who only gave her name as Wang, told the South China Morning Post, said: "They said it might be, but also might not be, but didn’t have any test kits to make sure.

“They could only base the diagnosis on blood tests and the CAT scan.”

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The virus has rapidly spread outside China, including France where three cases have been reported.

Medics tested 14 people after they arrived in the UK, with all results for coronavirus coming back negative.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said warned following an emergency Cobra meeting with the government that there could be cases in the UK

In a statement, Mr Whitty said: “I am working closely with the other UK chief medical officers. We all agree that the risk to the UK public remains low, but there may well be cases in the UK at some stage.

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“We have tried and tested measures in place to respond. The UK is well-prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases.

“The UK has access to some of the best infectious disease and public health experts in the world. A public health hub will be set up in Heathrow from today. This consists of clinicians and other public health officials, in addition to existing port health measures.”

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