Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Doctors warn London Underground could exacerbate the spread of coronavirus

Doctors warn London Underground could exacerbate the spread of coronavirus

However, doctors have said the risk of infection for residents remains low.

The first person diagnosed with coronavirus in London turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber taxi after falling ill, the Guardian has been told. "The patient went to [a specialist unit at] St Thomas' yesterday evening, so we are now able to update all staff".

Nine cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in the United Kingdom, as it spreads to England's largest city.

In a separate statement, NHS strategic incident director, Professor Keith Willett, announced that Steven Walsh, a businessman linked to 11 cases of coronavirus, has made a full recovery and now been discharged from the hospital. The patient, a woman, presented herself to Lewisham Hospital, and the medical team in attendance was given face masks and taken to a special area for further tests.

Uber said health officials contacted the company to notify them about the infected passenger.

The Ritchie Street Health Centre in Islington, north London, published a message on its web site mentioning it would certainly be shut till today "due to the coronavirus".

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this week that the coronavirus outbreak was a "serious and imminent" threat to the British public. Some are also concerned that the Uber driver who took her there may be at risk, and possibly others in his vehicle later.

The spokesperson continued, "We have a dedicated online portal for public health authorities to contact Uber for information about riders and drivers, and we will take action on any user accounts on the recommendation of those authorities".

The driver is not being considered high-risk because he was hardly in contact with the patient, and the journey was less than 15 minutes.

The virus-carrier was just one of 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in on February 6, which was gone to by Boris Johnson's Buses Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton. The Ferns Medical Practice in Farnham, Surrey, claimed that it was carrying out a deep tidy after an individual had actually come in after seeing "among the influenced coronavirus locations".

Praising the coronavirus evacuees who left the Wirral yesterday after 14 days of isolation, he said the Arrowe Park Hospital "guests" had "set an important example, recognising that over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus's spread".

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