A PRISONER who appeared in a Reading court just days after returning from Thailand has been given the all clear after being tested for coronavirus, reports say.

It is understood Mark Rumble, of no fixed abode, is one of two prisoners who were at the centre of HMP Bullingdon's suspected coronavirus outbreak.

The 31-year-old was reportedly brought back to the UK two weeks ago on drugs charges, and appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on January 28.

He was due to appear at Oxford Crown Court later this month, but collapsed in his cell on Monday.

Rumble was tested for coronavirus but The Press Association has reported that he has since been given the all-clear.

Reports confirm that nobody at the prison has tested positive for the virus, which has so far claimed more than 1,000 lives.

So far in Thailand, there have been 33 confirmed cases of the virus, with the country the second after China to declare infections.

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In the UK, the latest update from Public Health England and the Department of Health is that nine people have been tested positive for the virus.

Prior to the latest person testing positive, a total of 1,758 people had been tested, of which 1,750 were confirmed negative.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the new strain of coronavirus is to be called Covid-19.