United Kingdom coronavirus 'super-spreader' says he has recovered

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

A woman who flew into London from China a few days ago is being treated for coronavirus, bringing the total number of United Kingdom cases to nine.

Businessman Steve Walsh released a statement from hospital after catching the virus on a business trip in Singapore.

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.

Mr Walsh said he contacted the NHS as soon as he realised he might be sick.

"I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed", he added.

He said his family have been asked to isolate themselves "as a precaution".

Walsh represented his Servomex natural gas analytics company at the Grand Hyatt Singapore sales conference on January 20-22.

He added: "Of the 1,750 tests carried out so far in the United Kingdom, more than 99% of those tested have been negative for the coronavirus".

Yesterday a medical centre in Brighton was closed because two of its staff were confirmed as having the virus. Almost 200 staff and passengers were aboard the flight, and carrier EasyJet says it has contacted passengers seated close to Walsh.

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During their time in quarantine one of the group had threatened to abscond from the isolation unit, prompting the Government to announce new legal powers allowing people with the illness to be forcibly quarantined, and forcibly sent into isolation if deemed to pose a threat.

Health officials in Brighton are now trying to trace patients of the two healthcare workers diagnosed with the virus strain.

Dr Robin Thompson, of the University of Oxford, said: 'In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.

Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, can help cut the risk of infection.

Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting to review the latest situation with coronavirus.

The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in London.

Before being discharged, Walsh was given two tests for the virus, with both coming back negative, indicating he had fully recovered from the illness.

Three other suspected cases are undergoing testing and it is understood they are not expected to test positive.

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