Eleven more evacuees were due to arrive back in the UK last night from coronavirus-hit China to join the 83 people who are already in quarantine on Merseyside.
It comes as a man in the Philippines became the first person to die from the virus outside China.
The second group of evacuees - made up of British nationals and family members - boarded a French flight and will also be brought to Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral where they will spend 14 days in quarantine, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.
A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed cases in the UK.
From yesterday, Government advertisements advising people to use tissues when sneezing or coughing and wash their hands will regularly appear in newspapers, on the radio and on social media.
The death toll has risen above 300 and the number of confirmed cases of infection increased to 14,380, Chinese authorities said.