Coronavirus news today: live updates as NHS says more people may need to isolate themselves

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The coronavirus epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down after more than 5,000 new cases are reported.

More people in the UK may need to isolate themselves in order to stop the spread of the deadly disease, warned the NHS chief executive, more than 80 people having been released from quarantine after 14 days of isolation.

Meanwhile, it appeared that the woman who is the ninth UK case of the virus took an Uber to A&E after developing symptoms of coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.

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Two staff at Lewisham Hospital in south London are now isolated from their homes after contacting the woman, who contracted the virus in China before returning to the UK.

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NHS says more people may need to isolate themselvesMany more people in the UK may need to isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, said the director general of the NHS.

Speaking after more than 80 people quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral were allowed to leave after 14 days of isolation, Sir Simon Stevens said: "As our first group of guests leaves the 'Arrowe Park Hospital, we would like to thank them for the very responsible people, in a pragmatic and stoic way, they played their role in ensuring their safety and that of others. They gave an important example, recognizing that in the coming weeks, many more of us may need to isolate ourselves at home for a period of time to reduce the spread of this virus. "Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the quarantined people had received a clean health check and that people "can rest assured that their departure poses no risk to the public."

Coronavirus case in UK 'attended Westminster conference'One of the UK coronavirus cases reportedly attended a conference with more than 200 delegates in central London.

The patient attended the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Center in Westminster on February 6.

Transport Times, the conference organizer, emailed participants Thursday afternoon on instructions from Public Health England (PHE), informing them that someone confirmed that the virus had been present at the event , according to Financial times.The email included a letter from PHE saying that delegates should do nothing if they are well, but stay inside, avoid contact with others, and call NHS 111 if they develop symptoms like this. than a fever or cough.

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

The bus conference gathered around 250 delegates from the national bus and transportation industry.


The Chinese National Health Commission has recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new cases of coronavirus on the continent, bringing the total number of people infected to 63,851.

Some 55,748 people are on treatment and 1,380 have died from the virus.

The latest assessment takes into account some deaths that had been counted twice in Hubei, the epicenter of the virus, said the health committee.


No case to cancel or move games from Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee has been informed by the World Health Organization that there is no need to make emergency plans to cancel or move the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the epidemic of coronavirus, according to the head of the IOC Coordination Commission."The advice we have received from outside of WHO is that there is no reason for emergency plans to cancel or move the Games," John Coates told reporters.

The Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24.


The first French nationals repatriated leave quarantine

A bus carrying French returnees from Wuhan leaves the Vacanciel hotel complex where they were quarantined for 14 days (EPA / SEBASTIEN NOGIER)

The first group of French nationals repatriated from China due to the coronavirus epidemic returned to the outside world after two weeks of quarantine.

None of the 181 people involved - who had been repatriated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic - were tested positive for the virus, local health officials said.

"There were no problems ... but people are happy that it is over," said Marc Zyltman, head of the Red Cross south of the seaside resort of Carry-Le-Rouet, where they were quarantined.

157 other people are still under quarantine in the south of France, 122 of whom will be allowed to return on February 16 and the others on February 23.

France has registered 11 cases of virus.


Coronavirus kills six health workers

Workers producing protective suits at a factory in Binzhou, eastern Shandong province of China (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

At least 1,716 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus and six of them have died, said China’s deputy minister of the National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin.

Zeng said the number of infected medical personnel is increasing.

Chinese authorities and hospitals have repeatedly noted a shortage of protective equipment such as face masks.

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