UK Contacts 250 Delegates Of Conference A Coronavirus Patient Attended

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2020

The woman flew into London from China and was tested after developing symptoms.

Chief medical officer professor Chris Whitty said that one further patient in England had tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the United Kingdom to nine.

The island has been placed on orange alert after 47 confirmed cases of the virus.

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. But staff there also said it was unclear why, despite apparent contact with NHS 111, she still came in by taxi, given that the NHS telephone advice line would have called her an ambulance or advised her to go in a private vehicle.

Coronavirus fears sparked a lockdown of eight planes at Heathrow Airport Friday morning - including a flight from California - after passengers complained they were suffering from symptoms, according to new reports.

"We're being held on the plane as there are seven other flights with suspected cases on board".

Lewisham hospital on Thursday confirmed the unnamed patient had not followed public health officials' advice and had simply "self-presented" at its A&E unit last Sunday afternoon.

Staff at the hospital said they were anxious the patient's behaviour could have led to some of them, and some of the patients in the A&E at the time, catching coronavirus.

Passenger Neerag Malhotra tweeted that passengers were stuck "waiting for doctor confirmation" and that the affected person was "isolated at the back of the plane". She is being handled in a London hospital.

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.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't anxious", he told the Mail. Two of those are Britons, taking the number of Britons on the ship diagnosed with coronavirus to three.

"This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy's and St Thomas' in London", England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

The World Health Organisation says the number of new infections in China is stabilising but that it's too early to say if the epidemic is past its peak.

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