First Coronavirus Case Confirmed in London, Making Tally to Ninth in UK

Grant Boone
February 14, 2020

Medical doctors have warned the London Underground may very well be a hotbed for the unfold of the pressure of coronavirus generally known as Covid-19.

"Provided the individual followed the government's advice (to self-isolate) there should be little concern of transmission to the general public in London", she said.

"This virus was handed on in China, and the affected person has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Man's and St Thomas' in central London", he added.

There are still no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, the Director-General of Health says.

Two staff from Lewisham hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, a Chinese national who had recently arrived in the capital from China.

One of the patients, Kharn Lambert, confirmed the group were being released tomorrow and told the PA news agency: "I'm ecstatic and I'm so happy that everyone has come back with negative test results". As soon as the patient did this, the patient was given a mask and then escorted to be tested in the dedicated area we have assigned for coronavirus testing outside the A&E building - while awaiting the installation of a purpose-built "pod". The goal is to ensure that drivers receive sufficient information and advice on what to do should they feel unwell in the future.

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One of the patients was mistakenly released from isolation and taken back to MCAS Miramar due to a mislabeled test sample. This patient is the first individual under quarantine who has experienced symptoms and tested positive.

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".

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. "Out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily suspended the account of the driver who transported the individual to the hospital, and we remain in close contact with Public Health England (PHE)". "Any patients that have the symptoms should call 111 and not come to the practice".

So far, more than 1100 people have died from the virus, with almost all deaths occurring in mainland China.

Most people who test positive for the virus experience mild symptoms, including cough, fever and shortness of breath.

He said: "Delay is the next stage of what we need to do because if we are going to get an outbreak in the United Kingdom - this is an if, not a when - but if we do, putting it back in time into the summer period, away from winter pressures on the NHS, buying us a bit more time to understand the virus better... is a big advantage".

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