London confirms 1st Covid-19 case

The patient is believed to be being treated at St Thomas HospitalMore

All of the group - who had signed a contract agreeing to the quarantine period - have tested negative for the virus.

Cases have been reported in several countries across the world, including India.The UK has reported a total of nine cases, including the recent case reported in London.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily suspended the account of the driver who transported the individual to hospital, and we remain in close contact with Public Health England".

All attendees at the UK Bus Summit have been emailed warning them that someone at the summit had the killer disease, according to the Financial Times.

The Chinese patient was the first case in London and doctors are anxious that the disease's emergence in the capital will lead to it spreading quickly.

A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK.

After cases are confirmed, officials trace the patient's contacts for people who potentially became infected, as well.

However, Robin Thompson, from Oxford University, told Sky News generally, the risk is higher in an area that's densely populated.

"That is exacerbated by the truth that London is a transport hub, and the underground might present a community to unfold the virus rapidly".

As Public Health England investigates the patient's movements, Dr Nathalie MacDermott from the National Institute for Health Research said London commuters should continue to go about their business as usual.

"The patient was later discharged and taken home by London Ambulance Service".

A GP surgery in Islington, north London, is set to reopen today after being closed "due to coronavirus".

Results usually come back within 48 hours - although they can be turned around in 24 hours - and the NHS can test a maximum of 1,000 patients in a day.

"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.

Officials say seeing a case in a city the size of London with several global airports is not surprising and both London and the rest of the United Kingdom could expect to see more cases.

The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, said that to contain the spread many more patients would need to self-isolate at home if they had suspicious symptoms.



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