London on the BRINK: Coronavirus panic as fears disease could obliterate the capital mount

London on the BRINK: Coronavirus panic as fears disease could obliterate the capital mount

Daily Express - World·163 views·2020-02-15 11:02

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The highest amount of British patients ever tested for the virus hit the country yesterday, with concerns increasing after the first case to hit the capital was confirmed. Now, panic has erupted after a woman with the virus turned up to hospital in an Uber.

Panic has intensified across the UK after than 750 British patients were tested for coronavirus in one day.

The UK's ninth confirmed case arrived at Lewisham Hospital on Sunday night and the patient has come into contact with two nurses and an Uber driver.

NHS officials have admitted that a woman with the virus had turned up to a busy A&E unit in an Uber taxi.

The patient is the ninth coronavirus case to be confirmed in the UK.

The patient is believed to be a Chinese national, who arrived at Lewisham Hospital in south London on Sunday night.

Her arrival marked a major breach of public health advice and the two health workers who came into contact with her have been told to isolate themselves.

The Uber driver’s account is currently suspended.

Official advice from Public Health England states that anyone who suspects they have coronavirus should stay at home.

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The current advice is to call NHS 111 from home and await transport to the nearest hospital assessment pod.

The patient was marked the first case of the deadly virus to hit London which could have devastating effects for the rest of the country.

Concern among doctors have mounted with health care professionals fearing that the disease's emergence in the capital will lead to a rapid spread of the virus.

Dr Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Oxford University recently told the Daily Mail: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.”

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“This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.”

Other parts of London may already be affected after paramedics in hazmat suits turned up to a flat in Paddington, central London, after a patient reported symptoms yesterday morning.

News of video footage taken at 9.45am showing a man in a black hoodie walking into an with two staff members in full body gowns has increased worry across the capital.

Elsewhere, it has been reported that two GP surgeries were closed after patients with suspicious symptoms turned up unannounced.

The Ritchie Street Health Centre in Islington, north London, recently posted a message on its website stating it would be closed “due to the coronavirus”.

The Ferns Medical Practice in Farnham, Surrey, is said to be undertaking a deep clean after a patient had come in after visiting “one of the affected coronavirus areas”.

The news comes as almost 2,000 passengers and crew members on board the MS Westerdam cruise ship have started to disembark amid fears passengers may have contracted the deadly coronavirus.

The move comes after Cambodia offered passengers a safe harbour yesterday.

Despite the panic, none of the passengers have tested positive for the coronavirus at this stage.

The traumatised cruise goers were greeted by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who handed them flowers.

Earlier on Friday, Japan claimed it would step up its testing and containment efforts in a bid to halt the outbreak’s worrying growth.

UK Health News International


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