Coronavirus patient took an Uber to London hospital

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Public Health England confirmed on Wednesday it has traced and advised all close contacts of the two Global Positioning System, including about 12 patients.

A Chinese woman took an Uber to a London hospital and tested positive for COVID-19, prompting fears about whether she spread the virus, according to a report.

This makes up to 9 cases of coronavirus in the UK.

A ninth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United Kingdom after a patient was taken to hospital in south London on Wednesday.

The patient, a Chinese national, was at the UK Bus Summit at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre on February 6, the Metro newspaper said in the report.

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It is understood to be the first case where someone has contracted the virus in the UK.

Health officials have contacted hundreds of people who attended a conference in London, after it emerged someone subsequently diagnosed with coronavirus had been there.

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

"This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly", Dr Robin Thompson from Oxford University said, as quoted by the Sky News broadcaster.

Results usually come back within 48 hours - although they can be turned around in 24 hours - and the NHS can test a maximum of 1,000 patients in a day. 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.

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Dr Rachel Thorn Heathcock, consultant at Public Health England, said: "We are in contact with Uber to ensure the driver receives advice and information on what to do should they feel unwell in the coming days".

"The patient was later discharged and taken home by London Ambulance Service".

The World Health Organization has named the disease caused by the virus as COVID-19, avoiding any animal or geographic designation to avoid stigmatization and to show the illness comes from a new coronavirus discovered in 2019.

Transport Times emailed attendees on Thursday afternoon on the instruction of Public Health England (PHE), informing them that a person confirmed to have the virus had been at the event, according to the Financial Times.

The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, said that to contain the spread many more patients would need to self-isolate at home if they had suspicious symptoms.

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Meanwhile, more than 80 people who stayed in accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral for two weeks have left after testing negative for the new strain of coronavirus.

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