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Two inmates tested for coronavirus at prison in Oxfordshire

Two prisoners are understood to have been tested for coronavirus at a jail in Oxfordshire.

The men are inmates at Bullingdon prison near Bicester and are being kept in isolation in their cells, Sky News reports.

Public Health England are understood to be on site and access is being restricted to one wing where the prisoners are being held.

There are 1,114 inmates at Bullingdon prison – both on remand and those who have been sentenced – as well as young adults between the ages of 18-21. The prison is still open and operating.

It comes as the World Health Organisation named the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, Covid-19.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference the name was chosen as it ‘did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease’.

He said: ‘Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising.

‘It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.’

Eight people in the UK have been confirmed as having coronavirus, with the last four testing positive on Monday.