Coronavirus outbreak: First case confirmed in London as virus spreads

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

Suspected cases of coronavirus are still being tested, including one mother who told the Sun that her baby son had come into contact with an infected doctor while being treated for a leg injury at Worthing Hospital.

Two staff from Lewisham Hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman.

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.

On Wednesday the test came back positive setting off a chain of events.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Wednesday it has traced and advised all close contacts of the two Global Positioning System, including about 12 patients. "The patient went to [a specialist unit at] St Thomas' yesterday evening, so we are now able to update all staff".

Public Health England did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider.

"As further assessment was required, the patient was then taken to a dedicated isolation room in the emergency department".

This message was placed on the surgery website earlier today.

"As the journey was less than 15 minutes, the driver did not have close sustained contact with the individual and are not considered high risk".

"Our crews are trained and ready to respond to anyone on board the aircraft who may become ill in flight and we continue to follow additional precautions recommended by the Public Health England", the spokesperson said in a statement. However, he expected that status to change and urged countries to strike hard against the virus before the "window of opportunity" closed and countries with weak health systems were impacted.

Anyone experiencing symptoms, even if mild, after travelling from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, is advised to stay indoors and call the NHS 111 phone service. Two of those are Britons, taking the number of Britons on the ship diagnosed with coronavirus to three.

As of Friday, about 1,500 people were dead and 65,000 sickened, mostly in China, with 26 other nations reporting illnesses related to COVID-19, not yet classified as a pandemic.

NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: "As our first group of guests leaves Arrowe Park Hospital, we want to thank them for the highly responsible, pragmatic and stoical way they have played their part in keeping both themselves and others safe".

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