United Kingdom coronavirus 'super-spreader' says he has recovered

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh

The 53-year-old scout leader, from Hove in East Sussex, contracted the virus on a business trip to Singapore and is linked to five other people diagnosed with the virus in the UK. After the conference, he travelled to France before returning to Brighton.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 1,758 people have been tested for coronavirus in the United Kingdom, of which 1,750 were confirmed negative and eight positive. Another man who was also at the resort tested positive for the virus after returning to the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Some media have suggested that Walsh may be a "super-spreader" of the virus, meaning a single patient who transmits the infection to many other people, but experts urge caution.

"As such, he could be termed a "super-spreader".

Coronaviruses are typically found in animals but in rare cases can jump to humans and begin to transmit person-to-person.

There have been nine confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, which has now been named COVID-19.

Guy's Hospital in central London, where Mr Walsh was under quarantine.

With confirmed cases of the coronavirus here in Britain having doubled in recent days, coming close to double figures, the UK Government has labelled the virus as a "serious and imminent threat" to public health.

A welcome to Brighton and Hove sign by the side of the road in Brighton, United Kingdom, on February 11, 2020.

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The other group, the first to arrive in the United States, was released from quarantine on Tuesday. Public health officials say person-to-person transmission of the virus may be possible.

It was only on Tuesday that Public Health England got in touch with him to inform him he needed to self-isolate, which he is now doing.

"When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves".

"It's good to be back with my family and I would ask you please to respect our privacy from this point on".

He was given two tests for the virus, now known officially as COVID-19, and both came back negative, Sky News reported.

While 11 people are confirmed to have received the virus from Mr Walsh, there are fears he may have spread it to others, with a focus on the 677-room Grand Hyatt hotel where he stayed in Singapore.

A second branch of the surgery also closed, but Brighton and Hove City Council confirmed they would reopen soon following "deep cleaning".

They include two Global Positioning System, one of them who has been named as Dr Catriona Greenwood, who owns the French chalet with her husband where others caught coronavirus from Mr Walsh.

A Servomex spokesman said: "We are very pleased that Steve Walsh has made a full recovery". "We are working with public health authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff and communities and wish anyone with the virus a quick and full recovery". Almost 200 staff and passengers were aboard the flight, and carrier EasyJet says it has contacted passengers seated close to Walsh.

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