London COVID-19 patient attended conference with 250 people

A Chinese boy is covered in a plastic bag for protection as he arrives from a train at Beijing Station

A Chinese boy is covered in a plastic bag for protection as he arrives from a train at Beijing Station

The unnamed patient attended the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster, which listed about 250 delegates from the nationwide bus and transport industry, on February 6, according to the conference's organiser.

Dr Yimmy Chow from Public Health England said the delegates had been informed as a precaution.

"While the degree of contact you may have had with the case at the summit is unlikely to have been significant, we are taking a precautionary approach and informing you", the letter said, as reported by the Financial Times.

'Provided the individual followed the government's advice (to self-isolate) there should be little concern of transmission to the general public in London, ' she said.

After cases are confirmed, officials trace the patient's contacts for people who potentially became infected, as well. But staff there also said it was unclear why, despite apparent contact with NHS 111, she still came in by taxi, given that the NHS telephone advice line would have called her an ambulance or advised her to go in a private vehicle.

Heathrow Airport was gripped by coronavirus fears this morning when up to eight planes were put on lockdown after passengers on board complained of symptoms of the deadly virus.

The Daily Mail reported that passengers on seven other planes at Heathrow had been screened as possible coronavirus cases.

The first patient to be diagnosed with coronavirus in London arrived at Lewisham hospital in an Uber, it has been confirmed.

"As a precautionary measure they chose to seek medical advice and, in line with the latest public health advice regarding the coronavirus, they were taken to hospital for a precautionary test".

Staff at the hospital said they were anxious the patient's behaviour could have led to some of them, and some of the patients in the A&E at the time, catching coronavirus.

No other patients were exposed to the risk of infection by the manner of her arrival, the hospital said.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't anxious", he told the Mail.

The woman was transferred from Lewisham Hospital to a National Health Specialist (NHS) center at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital.

It's understood the person who attended the conference is not linked to the ninth person identified with the virus in the United Kingdom - a woman from China who took an Uber to A&E after she developed symptoms.

A total of 44 more people on quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19.

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