Britain now needs to prepare for more corona virus cases, health officials cautioned, as they confirmed a first patient diagnosed in London on a day when the current outbreak continued to cause havoc worldwide.
The first instance of corona virus has been reported in London, taking the total cases to nine in the UK.
The new patient, bringing the total number to nine in the UK, is a Chinese woman in her late 20s or early 30s who resides with relatives in the British capital. She flew from China to Heathrow on the weekend and on landing she developed symptoms of corona virus after which NHS 111 was called.
She was examined on Sunday afternoon at a London hospital, returned to her home in London and was placed in isolation. It is not clear whether the members of the family that she lives with were tested or not.
She is undergoing treatment at NHS center at Guy’s and St Thomas ‘ Hospital in south London.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the spread of coronavirus is a ‘ serious and imminent ‘ threat to the British public.
As more public events around the world have been postponed in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus that can lead to pneumonia and has killed more than 1,100 people in China alone so far.
However, all 83 people held in quarantine at the Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral were told that their final set of corona virus test results returned negative, indicating that they are free of the virus.
Earlier, British businessman Steve Walsh, one of the nine UK cases of coronavirus, left hospital having fully recovered.Mr Walsh, a Hove scout leader in East Sussex who is 53 years old, now posed “no risk to the public,” NHS England said.
The WHO is developing a virus master plan to look at diagnosis and treatment and around three months from now a vaccine could be ready for human trials.