London Underground could become hotbed of coronavirus after woman diagnosed in capital

Henrietta Brewer
February 15, 2020

Dr Michael Head, from the University of Southampton, said the risk of the virus spreading will depend on the woman's interactions before she was placed into isolation.

A Chinese national was reportedly diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday afternoon, The Telegraph reported.

The Guardian first reported the story.

"We obtained a request from Public Well being England for details about a passenger who has now been confirmed as having coronavirus", an Uber spokeswoman advised the outlet.

The latest case comes as the quarantine of 83 people in Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, Merseyside, are expected to be lifted on Thursday after they all tested negative for the covid-19 strain of the coronavirus.


The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.

A glaring example of how the disease caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, recently given the name COVID-19, is beginning to affect everyday life in other countries, is the woman in London who took an Uber ride to a hospital on Sunday and "self-presented" herself as a possible victim.

Steve Walsh, 53, contracted the virus in Singapore while at a business conference before going to the French Alps for a ski holiday, then returning to his home in Hove, East Sussex. The virus-carrier was just one of 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in on February 6, which was gone to by Boris Johnson's Buses Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton.

"I'm happy to be home and feeling well", Walsh said in a statement.

British coronavirus "super spreader" Steve Walsh who may have infected almost a dozen other people has been released from hospital.


It comes after Prof Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, earlier told the BBC that more United Kingdom cases were "highly likely".

The UK has reported 9 circumstances of the virus, which has unfold to greater than 60,000 individuals internationally.

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.

The woman was then sent home pending the results of her tests.

"None of the outstanding tests fit people who have all the symptoms of coronavirus".


So far, more than 1100 people have died from the virus, with almost all deaths occurring in mainland China. The vast majority of infections and deaths have been on mainland China.

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