A worker on Taqa’s Tern Alpha platform in the UK northern North Sea has tested negative for coronavirus.

The crew member was placed in isolation when he presented with minor symptoms after returning recently from holiday in Thailand.

Taqa confirmed on Saturday the tests for the deadly bug were negative and the worker is well.

Health authorities in Scotland have told Taqa there is no longer any need for him to remain in isolation.

However, the operator said that, in line with other crew who have recently returned from affected regions, he has decided voluntarily to remain in isolation.

The Tern field lies about 170 kilometres north-east of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.

Trevor Stapleton, health and safety director of Oil & Gas UK said the trade association was already working with its members to share official advice from the relevant bodies.

"This sector is well versed in managing risk on complex safety and health matters, with robust processes and arrangements in place to ensure effective prevention measures and response," he said.

"In addition to following the advice from health bodies and applying relevant procedures, individual operators will also decide further arrangements relevant to their specific needs, including travel and health advice.

"OGUK remains in regular contact with the relevant authorities to understand any further industry-specific advice.”

Chrysaor has also placed restrictions on workers who have travelled to affected regions.

"As is prudent we have put in place a number of steps to reduce the risk the coronavirus poses to our people and offshore installations,” said a spokesperon.