Coronavirus patient took an Uber to London hospital

15 Février, 2020, 13:52 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Coronavirus patient took an Uber to London hospital

It comes as it emerged that the woman who is the UK's ninth case of coronavirus took an Uber to A&E after she developed symptoms.

According to media reports, the latest patient is a Chinese woman who had recently arrived in the UK.

The patient opted to take the ride-sharing service Sunday to Lewisham Hospital, the place she underwent checks for the brand new coronavirus, Sky Information reported.

"I would like to thank the clinical team who treated Mr Walsh in hospital, as well as all the NHS staff who are working hard with other health organisations to limit the spread of coronavirus and treat the small numbers who have contracted the illness", he added.

Dr Michael Head, of the University of Southampton, added: 'Of the 1,750 tests carried out so far in the United Kingdom, more than 99 per cent have come back negative for coronavirus'.

Two staff from Lewisham Hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Wednesday it has traced and advised all close contacts of the two Global Positioning System, including about 12 patients.

This message was placed on the surgery website earlier today.

Coronavirus patient took an Uber to London hospital

Transport Times, the conference organiser, emailed attendees on Thursday afternoon on the instruction of Public Health England (PHE), informing them that a person confirmed to have the virus had been at the event, according to the Financial Times. 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.

"Whilst I have been informed that I am at very low risk, I have called 111 to be formally assessed", he posted on Twitter.

"We have a dedicated online portal for public health authorities to contact Uber for information about riders and drivers, and we will take action on any user accounts on the recommendation of those authorities", the company said.

Meanwhile, in Brighton, pupils at several schools have been told they could stay at home after reports that some teachers and families feared they had come into contact with the virus.

An alert on the Ritchie Street Health Centre website says: "Practice is closed until 14/02/2020 due to the coronavirus".

The UK has reported 9 circumstances of the virus, which has unfold to greater than 60,000 individuals internationally.

On Thursday, the head of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens warned that many more people may be forced to self-isolate as part of efforts to stop the coronavirus spreading in Britain.

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