Coronavirus: 9th United Kingdom case confirmed

Grant Boone
February 15, 2020

Dr Rachel Thorn Heathcock, consultant at Public Health England, said: "We are in contact with Uber to ensure the driver receives advice and information on what to do should they feel unwell in the coming days". This has brought the total cases around the world to nearly 50,000 people.

Doctors have warned that the London Underground could be a hotbed for the coronavirus - hours after a confirmed case emerged in the capital.

Some patients might infect one or two people with the virus, while a "super spreader" could spread the illness to dozens, the Telegraph reported.

During a press conference on Tuesday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China's effort to contain the virus was the reason there have been so few global cases.

There is no cure for coronavirus at the moment.

Preliminary clinical trial results are weeks away.

The U.K.'s most recent patient contracted the virus while in China and Professor Paul Cosford, director for Health Protection and medical director for Public Health England, told BBC they expect more cases involving worldwide travelers.

The woman, thought to be a Chinese nationalist who had recently traveled to London from China, was immediately given a face mask and transferred to the hospital's special testing area.

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The Transport Times email enclosed a letter from PHE saying delegates should take no action if they were well but to stay indoors, avoid contact with others and call NHS 111 if they developed symptoms such as a fever or cough.

Japan on Thursday confirmed its first coronavirus death, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said.

The victim is a woman thought to have flown to the United Kingdom from China, where she is suspected to have contracted the virus.

Cases of the virus spreading from one person to another outside of China remain limited so the risk COVID-19, the official name for the virus, poses to the public is low.

This was the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December.

The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day, health officials said on Wednesday, as the number of new cases has started to trend down in the past week.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: "It is our current understanding that the new case definition widens the net, and includes not only lab-confirmed cases but also clinically diagnosed cases based on symptoms and exposure". The mass exodus is presumably related to the recent coronavirus outbreak, which started in Wuhan, China.

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