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UK says investigating two suspected MERS cases in northern England

UNDATED: This electron microscope image made availalbe by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow.

UNDATED: This electron microscope image made availalbe by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow.  (AP)

Two suspected cases of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome (MERS) have forced a hospital in northern England to shut its emergency wing, health officials said on Monday. 

Two patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary had been placed in isolation for ongoing treatment, but there was no significant risk to others at the hospital or the general public, Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust said in a statement on Monday.