Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus: First case in London as virus spreads to capital

Coronavirus: First case in London as virus spreads to capital

He says he regrets having infected 11 people at a ski resort in the French Alps and confirmed that his entire family is in quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Walsh, 53, from Hove, who has been linked to other cases of the virus, now poses "no risk to the public", NHS England said.

The father-of-two was believed to have contracted the virus at Singapore's Grand Hyatt hotel during a conference hosted by the gas analysis company Servomex in January.

He was advised to attend an isolated room at the hospital despite showing no symptoms and subsequently self-isolated himself at home as instructed.

A firm that conducts Servomex's consulting work described Steve as a genial boyscout leader who has two children and travels overseas frequently for work.

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He returned to London from Geneva on Jan 28 on an EasyJet flight carrying more than 100 people.

His associates said Walsh went to his local pub in Brighton and attended a group yoga session at his church after returning from his trip.

Yesterday a medical centre in Brighton was closed because two of its staff were confirmed as having the virus.

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He put himself in "self-isolation" after one of his colleagues overseas fell ill.

United Kingdom health officials expected the virus to spread until it reaches a peak in the United Kingdom in the summer.

Hancock revealed that United Kingdom health authorities' work helped to find the five Britons who are still isolated in France.

London has reportedly confirmed its first case of coronavirus in a Chinese national.

"They are now receiving treatment and the Foreign Office is following up with consular support", Hancock said.

Prof Whitty said the patient had contracted the virus in China.

"The key factor here is the number of contacts that this infected individual has had prior to being isolated", he said.

Experts previously warned that highly contagious coronavirus carriers known as "super spreaders" could make the new outbreak more unpredictable and tougher to contain.

Over 45,000 people have been infected worldwide and over 1,100 killed.

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