Ninth patient tests positive for coronavirus in the UK

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

Steve Walsh, a businessman and scout leader from Hove in East Sussex, said he was glad to be back with his family in a statement after being discharged, having been kept under quarantine at Guy's Hospital in London.

A worker in protective clothing cleans the floor of the pharmacy attached to the Warmdene Doctor's Surgery at County Oak Medical Centre.

A ninth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United Kingdom after a patient was taken to hospital in south London on Wednesday.

"I would like to thank the clinical team who treated Mr. Walsh in hospital" along with staff who worked hard "to limit the spread of coronavirus and treat the small numbers who have contracted the illness", he said.

"Anyone with any health concerns should contact NHS 111".

It comes as the two-week quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside of 83 United Kingdom nationals flown back to Britain from Wuhan is set to end on Thursday morning, amid reports they have all tested negative for coronavirus.

Termed as a "super spreader" Mr Walsh contracted the disease while at a business conference in Singapore. "I was advised to be in an isolation room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated myself at home as instructed", he added.

"As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus I contacted" health officials in the United Kingdom, he added.

Steve Walsh has been discharged from hospital
Steve Walsh has been discharged from hospital

The media's focus on the "super-spreader" from Brighton intensified after one of the medical centres in the coastal city temporarily closed because two of its staff also became infected.

"It's good to be back with my family and I would ask you please to respect our privacy from this point on".

Meanwhile the World Health Organization has named the new coronavirus Covid-19.

Earlier, two British prisoners including a "drug dealer" who were sent home from Thailand were found not to have coronavirus. No other information was immediately available.

Earlier, Professor Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of Public Health England (PHE), said "contact tracing" run by PHE was "working very well".

Steve Walsh, who's 53 years old and the father of two children comes from Brighton.

In Brighton, Patcham Nursing Home said on Tuesday that it has "closed to all visitors" after one of the infected Global Positioning System visited a patient there about a week ago.

Under The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which applies to England only, people can be forced to undergo screening and isolation "where the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care or a registered public health consultant have reasonable grounds to suspect that the individual is, or may be, contaminated with the coronavirus".

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