The Chinese woman confirmed that the ninth coronavirus case in Britain allegedly attended a Westminster bus conference at parliament before it fell ill, it was revealed today.
The virus carrier was one of the 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Center on February 6, attended by Boris Johnson’s Buses Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton.
Three days later, the Chinese patient arrived on Sunday evening at Lewisham Hospital in southern London in a Uber taxi, in a major violation of health advice.
Its presence in central London at a full conference will frighten hundreds of people in the transport sector amid growing public concern about the spread of the virus.
Speakers included Baroness Vere, who posed with a fully electric bus outside the QEII Center, as well as David Brown, Chief Executive of bus company Go-Ahead, Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood and Gareth Powell, head of Transport for the London bus network.
Today it turned out to be more More than 750 British patients were tested for coronavirus in one day as panic spread over the country.
The Chinese woman confirms that the ninth coronavirus case in Great Britain reportedly attended a bus conference in Westminster at the QEII Center, across the street from Westminster Abbey and a few yards from Parliament
Two health workers who came into contact with the Chinese woman at Lewisham Hospital were told to isolate themselves and the taxi driver’s account was temporarily suspended.
All participants in the UK Bus Summit have been notified by email that someone at the top had the killer disease, according to the Financial Times.
Attached was a letter from Public Health England (PHE) to anyone who develops flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and call the NHS 101 helpline.
The email said, “It is unlikely that the level of contact you may have had with the case at the top is important, but we will take a precaution and inform you.”
Official advice from PHE states that anyone suspected of having coronavirus should stay home, call NHS 111 and wait for transportation to the nearest pod of the hospital.
The Chinese patient was the first case in London and doctors fear that the rise of the disease in the capital will cause it to spread rapidly.
Dr. Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Oxford University, said: “In general, the risk of long-term transmission from person to person is greater if the first case is in a densely populated area. This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub and the metro can provide a network for spreading the virus quickly. “
Yesterday morning paramedics in hazmat suits came to a flat in Paddington, central London, after a patient had reported symptoms. Video footage shows a man in a black hoodie walking in an ambulance at 9.45 am with two staff members in full body coats.
The newest coronavirus patient went to A&E in Lewisham in an Uber. When it turned out she might have been infected with the disease, an ambulance was called to take her home after testing
Elsewhere, two general practices were closed after patients with suspicious symptoms showed up unannounced.
The Ritchie Street Health Center in Islington, North London, posted a message on its website that it would be closed until today “due to the corona virus.” The Ferns Medical Practice in Farnham, Surrey, said a deep cleanup was taking place after a patient came in after a visit to “one of the affected coronavirus areas.”
Approximately 2,512 people in the UK have been tested since last month. Patients with a suspected corona virus have taken cotton swabs from their nose and throat and have been sent to one of the 12 UK laboratories.
The results usually come back within 48 hours – although they can be reversed within 24 hours – and the NHS can test up to 1,000 patients a day.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said officials hoped to delay the spread of the corona virus in this country until the summer.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today program: “Delay is the next phase of what we have to do, because if we are going to get an outbreak in the UK – this is an if, not a when – but if we do that, if we put it back on time in the summer period, away from the winter pressure on the NHS, it’s a big advantage to buy us a little more time to better understand the virus …
He added that although it was “very likely” that the UK would see more cases, the disease could be “tempered” as the weather got warmer.
The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, said that to limit the spread, many more patients at home should isolate themselves if they had suspicious symptoms.
He praised the coronavirus evacuees who left the Wirral yesterday after 14 days of isolation, and said that the ‘guests’ of Arrowe Park Hospital had set an important example because he acknowledged that many more of us should be isolating in the coming weeks. period to reduce the spread of this virus’.