Details of British cases emerge
The Department of Health has stressed that all services at Worthing Hospital – including surgeries and outpatient appointments – are continuing normally despite an A&E worker being diagnosed with COVID – It is understood this is not the same person as the locum doctor working in Brighton, who is also one of the eight confirmed cases in the UK .
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Meanwhile, two prisoners at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire are being held in isolation as they are tested for the coronavirus – and access to that wing has been restricted.
The prison, which has capacity for 1, 138 inmates, remains operational.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that anyone concerned about the coronavirus should “simply take the advice” of the NHS.
He added: “We are a great country, we have got a fantastic NHS, we have got fantastic doctors.”
The British man believed to be a “superspreader” of the coronavirus has said he has fully recovered after being diagnosed in Brighton on 6 February with COVID – 30.
Steve Walsh contracted the virus while at a business conference in Singapore before going to the French Alps for a ski holiday, and then returning to his home in Hove, East Sussex.
The – year-old appears to have unwittingly infected 18 other Britons who were in France with him. Five of those Britons are now in the UK, five are in France and one is in Majorca.
He is still in quarantine at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, and said in a statement: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care – whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.”
New cases confirmed on cruise ship
Japan’s health ministry has said that new cases of COVID – have been confirmed on the cruise ship currently quarantined off the coast of Yokohama.
Foreign nationals are among the latest people to be diagnosed.
A total of 197 cases have now been identified aboard the Diamond Princess – a British man who was on his honeymoon is among them.
Health officials have been conducting medical checks on all of the ship’s 3, (passengers and crew – but a quarantine officer is among those who have now fallen ill.)
A total of 90 British passport holders are on board the luxury cruise liner, and a – day quarantine continues .
Coronavirus: How many people are at risk?
Stock markets around the world surged to record highs on Tuesday after Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese medical adviser who played a role in combating the SARS outbreak in , predicted that COVID – 30 cases will peak this month.
But even if the epidemic ends soon, the coronavirus will have a lasting impact on China’s economy.
Some companies have already begun to lay off workers, while others say they will need loans running into billions of dollars if they are going to stay afloat.
There is another dilemma. The virus could further spread if businesses start reopening in China – but if they don’t, there are fears that medical supplies could run low.
Postal operators in the US, China and elsewhere have also said That the suspension of flights is having a major impact on global flows of letters and parcels.
Reports suggest that top health officials in Hubei province, where the city of Wuhan is based, have been relieved of their duties following criticism their response to the crisis was too slow and ineffective.
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