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Coronavirus ‘super spreader’ no longer contagious as he’s discharged from hospital

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Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 18:52

The 53-year-old, from Hove in East Sussex, who is still in quarantine at St Thomas' Hospital in London, picked up coronavirus while at a conference in Singapore.

The little boy, thought to be the youngest British person in isolation, is a haemophiliac and already suffers with a lung condition.

"Mr Walsh's symptoms were mild and he is no longer contagious and poses no risk to the public".

"I'm pleased to say that - following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart - Mr. Walsh has been discharged from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment", Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

"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".

"I was advised to attend an isolated room at the hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed", he said.

He is also linked to at least five further cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, including the doctor working at the Brighton surgery.

The father-of-two was believed to have contracted the virus at Singapore's Grand Hyatt hotel during a conference hosted by the gas analysis company Servomex in January. They included health worker Catriona Greenwood, her husband Bob Saynor, 48, and their nine-year-old son. Meanwhile Mr Walsh returned to the United Kingdom on an EasyJet flight and visited a local pub in Hove, The Grenadier.

"We wish him well and hope he recovers soon", a spokesperson said. "As such, he could be termed a super-spreader", infectious diseases expert Dr. Andrew Freedman told The Guardian.

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

"This is not particularly surprising but it does appear that the index case has passed on the infection to an unusually large number of contacts".

On Monday England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty announced another four cases in the United Kingdom, taking the total to eight.

A statement on the website for County Oak Medical Centre - operator of previously closed Warmdene and Carden surgeries - told patients that the facilities have been "extensively and rigorously cleaned throughout".

Staff at a local primary school are also "self-isolating" because of contact with those infected.

Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, said in a statement that the new cases were known contacts of a previously confirmed United Kingdom case and the virus was passed on in France.

Their direct contact with patients is thought to be limited to about 12 people, although they have come into contact with non-patients and other NHS staff.

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