UK closes medical centre after doctor tests positive to coronavirus infection
London, Feb. 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A medical centre, (GP practice) in Brighton United Kingdom has been temporarily closed after a staff member, suspected to be the doctor in the centre tested positive for the deadly coronavirus infection
The latest infection takes the number of confirmed infection in UK to eight aside the four Briton infected in France
Patients at the city’s County Oak medical centre have been advised to contact the NHS 111 phone service if they have concerns.
The Department of Health has called the virus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health, but the overall risk level to the UK remains “moderate”.
There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China. The total number of deaths in China is now 908.
Four new cases of the virus were announced on Monday and are all linked to a British man who caught the virus at a conference in Singapore and travelled to a ski resort in France.
He was diagnosed in Brighton, and is being treated at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
The Department of Health has introduced new measures in England that mean those in quarantine will not be free to leave, and can be forcibly sent into isolation if they pose a threat.
They were announced because a passenger on the first UK flight from Wuhan, who is being held in quarantine on the Wirral, has been “threatening to abscond”, according to the BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson.