A British ‘super spreader’ is feared to have infected at least seven others with corona virus, which led to the emergency test of hundreds of people.
The businessman is in the midst of a web of affairs that extend across the UK, France, and Spain after apparently contracting the virus during a trip to Singapore.
Officials have desperately tried to stop further spread with a cross-border hunt for all hundreds of people with whom he may have had contact.
More than 900 people have died and 37,000 have been infected since the outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been placed in a lockdown to curb the spread.
Last night it appeared that health authorities contacted 183 passengers and six crew members on an Easyjet flight taken by the unnamed man, with the warning that they could be infected.
Passengers, including a baby, disembark from a charter flight with British evacuated from Wuhan, China after arriving at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire
Hundreds have been tested for conona virus in the town of Les Contamines-Montjoie, near Megeve in the French Alps
Public Health England is under pressure to reveal where the so-called ‘super spreader’ had been and the full extent of the numbers observed.
The task has been made more difficult because the patient, from Hove in East Sussex, interrupted his return from Singapore to Britain by taking a four-day break in the French Alps.
The middle-aged man contracted the virus at a conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore, organized by Servomex, a British gas analysis company, more than two weeks ago.
He then traveled from 24 to 28 January to a ski chalet in Les Contamines-Montjoie, near Megeve. He returned to Britain on an Easyjet flight on January 28, but fell ill after arriving in Britain and was treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London since last Thursday.
Five Britons who shared the ski chalet with him were diagnosed at the weekend and hundreds of residents of the picturesque town are now undergoing tests.
Environmental advisor Bob Saynor, 48, and his nine-year-old son are locally mentioned as being in the center of the outbreak and are being treated in the hospital
The two other children of Saynor and four Britons from another family are kept isolated in French hospitals as a precaution. His wife Catriona, a doctor, is reportedly in the UK
Authorities confirmed yesterday that a fourth case of coronavirus in the UK was also related to the Hove businessman.
In addition, a British father of two who stayed in the ski resort tested positive after returning to his home in Mallorca.
The five Britons who acquired the virus in the Alps are the owner of the chalet, environmental advisor Bob Saynor, 48, and his nine-year-old son.
They are in the hospital with three other Britons who stayed in the six-bedroom chalet.
The two other children of Saynor and four Britons from another family are kept isolated in French hospitals as a precaution. His wife Catriona, a doctor, is reportedly in the UK.
No Deal Brexit crisis plans are being revived to tackle the corona virus
Ministers revive plans that were originally drawn up to cope with a No Deal Brexit to address the impact of the corona virus on businesses.
They are concerned that Chinese cities and factories can be closed for months, creating a shortage of goods that British companies rely on.
Whitehall officials have been instructed to dust off crisis plans made to safeguard the flow of vital supplies if Britain were to leave the EU without a deal. It comes after concerns about companies dealing with life-saving equipment or parts for supply chains.
The virus has forced companies with Chinese activities to close factories. Affected include iPhone maker Apple, car manufacturers Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan, airlines such as British Airways and drug giant Glaxosmithkline.
Experts fear that the impact of the virus could cost the world economy £ 217 billion in the first quarter of 2020. Chancellor Sajid Javid reportedly participated in meetings of the Cobra Emergency Committee to discuss the crisis.
The family is supposed to have lived in the village for only three months after they themselves moved from Hove, despite having bought the property a few years ago. Mrs. Saynor had left France by the time the investigation began and is being observed in a British hospital. It is not clear whether she was the fourth case in Britain.
French officials have closed the primary school with 95 students, attended by the nine-year-old son of Saynors, while a school with 200 students in nearby Saint-Gervais, which he visited one day last week, will also be closed.
Etienne Jacquet, the mayor of Les Contamines-Montjoie, said the chalet was now disinfected.
At this time of the year, the village of 1200 people, which is part of the Mount Blanc ski area, houses thousands of skiers.
But local store staff said some tourists had canceled bookings, even though the French half-term week starts today, followed by British half-term next week.
Last night, Easyjet spokesperson said it had contacted all passengers and crew on the flight of the infected carrier from Geneva to London Gatwick on January 28.
Five employees of The Grenadier pub in Hove have been instructed to isolate themselves after spending two hours on February 1. A school student in the area was also instructed to isolate himself while investigating the man’s movements.
The meeting in Singapore was attended by 94 other business people, with participants from Malaysia, South Korea and Great Britain also diagnosed with coronavirus.
The local ambulance service estimated that 200 people had been tested Sunday afternoon
Officials have closed the primary school with 95 students this week for lessons in the small ski area, one hour from Geneva
The Les Contamines Ski Club, where the infected nine-year-old child is a member, canceled the training on Sunday
The regional health agency of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes is desperately trying to follow the course of the infected people
Social workers at a local school, where they screened people for the corona virus
The Auvergne Rhône Alpes Regional Health Agency is trying to identify who the infected people have come into contact with
Dr. Nathalie MacDermott of King’s College London said yesterday about her “concern about the potential of this epidemic to develop into a pandemic, especially if international lines of communication about cases of infection and transmission mechanism are not maintained.”
Professor Richard Tedder, visiting professor at Imperial College in London, said the most recent cases gave rise to the “potential risk of a pandemic.”
China increased the death toll from the corona virus outbreak to 811 yesterday, passing the number of people killed worldwide by the SARS epidemic.
The Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, described the virus – which has spread to at least 27 countries and territories and infected more than 330 people – as “the enemy of humanity.”
Health experts believe the outbreak may have spread from bats to humans through the illegal movement of pangolines – or scaly ant eaters – that are prized in China for food and medicine.
105 fly in when hotel changes into Camp Corona II
More than 100 Britons were quarantined yesterday at a three-star hotel in Milton Keynes after another aerial bridge from Wuhan.
With masks and accompanied by health workers in hazmat suits, the group flew from China to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Some passengers held children in their arms while being assisted from the plane. The 105 British were taken to a hotel and conference center at Kents Hill Park in a convoy of coaches with a police escort.
It follows earlier air bridges to Great Britain from the city in the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, which brought 94 people into quarantine on the Wirral.
The Milton Keynes group stays at the hotel for two weeks until they receive the medical examination. They have received books and magazines and have access to the internet on phones and tablets.
Pictured: a bedroom at the Kents Hill Park conference center and hotel in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, the room also has tea cups and a kettle
Children receive toys and games. On arrival at the hotel, the group was handed bags of toiletries and provided with Primark underwear and other clothing. Baby items, such as high chairs, are also brought in. The hotel, which has more than 70 meeting rooms and 300 bedrooms, was surrounded by temporary screens yesterday. Ambulances waited outside and the police guarded the entrances.
The chartered flight arrived in Brize Norton shortly before 7.30. It carried the 105 British along with 95 Europeans and 13 medical staff and officials. It is understood that all passengers went to the quarantine hotel. It turned out that two Britons could not get into Wuhan after showing high temperatures during the screening.
The hotel is close to three schools, but local residents said they were not worried about the quarantine that was close by. Stephen Szyelimski, 73, said: “They must go somewhere. You could say it might have been better if they were placed in a more isolated place, but I have no points of contention. It must be done well. “
Depicted is a bathroom in the center where British nationals repatriated from Wuhan, China, are taken to be followed for the 2019-nCoV strain of the new corona virus
Passengers are taken by bus to the Kents Hill Park hotel and conference center in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, where they are placed in quarantine for 14 days (see photo facilities in the center)
Tracy Philemon, 59, said, “Wherever they do it, people won’t be happy. It is a shame for us in some respects, but as long as they do things the way they should … I see no problem with that. “Meanwhile, a Brit whose honeymoon was aborted on a luxury cruise ship after he had contracted the corona virus yesterday told how he” can’t wait to get out of the hospital. “
Truck driver Alan Steele, 58, was removed last week from the Diamond Princess currently in quarantine off the coast of Japan with 3,700 passengers on board.
His placement in a land-based isolation unit in Japan was accompanied by the heartache of being separated from his new wife Wendy, 51.
Mr. Steele said he had not shown any signs of serious illness and spent his time watching British television. He insisted: “My vitals still show that I am healthy.”
Mr. Steele, from Wolverhampton, expressed his frustration about not being able to shower or use a coffee maker due to safety risks. He said, “I can’t wait to get out of here.”