13 February 2020 01:41
Video report by ITV News Health Correspondent Emily Morgan The ninth case of coronavirus in the UK has been confirmed in London, with a patient undergoing treatment at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. It comes after Steve Walsh, the "super-spreader" at the centre of the UK outbreak, revealed he is "happy to be home" after being given the all-clear and discharged from hospital. The United Nations health emergencies chief also said on Wednesday "it's way too early" to predict the beginning of the end of China's virus outbreak. Video report ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Witty confirmed the ninth case of coronavirus in the UK. He said: "One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine.
"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." Mr Walsh, a 53-year-old scout leader from Hove in East Sussex, contracted coronavirus on a business trip to Singapore - and is linked to five other people diagnosed with it in the UK. On his way back to the UK from Singapore, he stopped off at a ski region in France, where five other Britons were subsequently infected with coronavirus, now also known as Covid-19. Mr Walsh is also linked to a Briton taken ill in Majorca, taking the number of confirmed cases linked to him to 11. The latest case comes as the two-week quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside of 83 UK nationals flown back to Britain from Wuhan is set to end on Thursday morning, amid reports they have all tested negative for coronavirus. Of the nine people so far diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK, two are GPs. Officials know that the pair worked at a nursing home, Worthing Hospital A&E and two GP practices between them.
"From the virology evidence available to date, the virus is almost certainly from a species of bat," says Andrew Cunningham of the Zoological Society of London. For years, Zheng-Li Shi and her colleagues at the Wuhan … The US federal government has joined forces with Johnson & Johnson to accelerate the development of its vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The deal with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will see J&J's Janssen pharma unit and the government agency collaborate on pushing the vaccine through trials as quickly as possible, with BARDA contributing both resources and funding. The new coronavirus – now given the official name Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has now killed more than 1,000 people, with tens of thousands of people infected worldwide, including almost 43,000 in China as of yesterday. J&J said the alliance with BARDA is part of a 'multipronged' response to the outbreak which along with the vaccine development also includes screening of antiviral molecules for activity against the coronavirus.