The first person diagnosed with coronavirus in London is a Chinese citizen who had just arrived in the British capital and who, according to health sources, did not comply with the indications of the emergency services and decided to move last Sunday, February 9, to the hospital in Uber instead of by ambulance, which increases the risk of spreading the virus. In fact, two workers at the Lewisham hospital (in the south of the city) who had contact with the woman are isolated in their homes and under surveillance. Other workers were worried, but only those who had direct contact with the woman without protective suits were isolated.
The woman was tested and sent home, but on Wednesday she was transferred to another hospital after confirming that she has the coronavirus. As reported by the British press, the executive director of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS, Ben Travis, explained in a message sent to the center staff that “the patient presented herself at our center. She was given a mask and then escorted to be examined in the area dedicated to the coronavirus test, while waiting for the installation of a “capsule” specially designed for this ». Travis continues explaining that the patient was isolated to avoid contact with other patients and later moved home in an ambulance waiting for the test results.
Dave Smith, president of the Association of Emergency Care of the Royal College of Nursing, drew attention to the “worrying” that people do not follow the advice of the authorities to call 111 first before going to a hospital on their own . In the United Kingdom, 111 is the number that should be called in case of illness so that from there the patients are told where to go according to the severity of their situation. The NHS has made a new call to comply with the protocol, while health sources believe that the risk of the Uber driver having been infected is very low, since he had no direct contact with the woman and the journey was less than 15 minutes. .