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Coronavirus: Elderly Chinese tourist dies from infection in France, health minister confirms and virus could spread across France #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #wuhan #china #ChineseTourist #emergency #quarantine #BichatClaudeBernardHospital #Paris #France

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An elderly Chinese man has died from coronavirus, the first fatality from the infection in Europe.

The 80-year-old tourist died from a lung infection at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in northern Paris.

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death – which marks Europe’s first coronavirus fatality.

The man, who was from the Chinese province of Hubei, had been receiving treatment in the French hospital since 25 January.

He had been kept in isolation while receiving treatment, but his condition is said to have deteriorated rapidly.

He had arrived in France on 16 January.

His case is one of 11 French cases of COVID-19, which is the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Five of those cases are British nationals who caught the virus from “superspreader” Steve Walsh after coming into contact with him in the French Alps during a skiing holiday.

His daughter was also treated for coronavirus in the same hospital, but has now recovered according to authorities.

Ms Buzyn warned: “Our health system must be prepared to face a possible virus spreading across the country.”

She says she will be meeting with medical authorities on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

This is the fourth death to be reported outside mainland China. The virus has so far spread to more than two dozen countries.

The World Health Organisation has now sent a team of 24 health experts to China to investigate how the virus is spreading and its severity.

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British scientist leading coronavirus fight says forecasts for 400,000 UK deaths are ‘not absurd’ amid rising panic #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic

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The British scientist leading the fight against coronavirus said forecasts of 400,00 UK deaths are ‘not absurd’ amid rising panic.

Scientist Professor Neil Ferguson, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, spoke today about NHS research that indicates 60 per cent of Britons could ‘potentially’ be affected by the virus, formally known as COVID-19.

In a televised interview, Prof Ferguson referred to current research which estimates one per cent of the population could die from the illness.

One per cent of the UK population is 400,000 people this relates to.

This number is ‘not absurd’, according to Prof Ferguson.

Prof Ferguson said: ‘Potentially. Given we know a lot about how these viruses are spread we have lots of data from past epidemics.

‘Given how transmissible this virus appears to be and that fact that at least all adults can be infected, we have much less data in children, then 60 percent is a reasonable figure.

‘Within the first 12 months or so. What we don’t know at the moment is if everybody infected. What proportion might die and what are the risk groups? Our best estimates at the moment is that maybe 1 per cent of people who get infected might die.’

One per cent of the UK population is 400,000 people. Choosing not to rely on the mathematics, the professor said it would be unwise to throw numbers around at present, but added that it wasn’t ‘absurd’.

‘I would much prefer to be accused of overreacting than under reacting,’ he told a Channel 4 documentary on the virus.

‘This virus is the one which probably concerns me the most out of everything I’ve worked on.’

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UK’s Channel 4 TV employee in London is rushed to hospital to be tested for the deadly coronavirus #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #London #Channel4tv #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic

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A Channel 4 employee was taken to hospital yesterday to be tested for coronavirus after being met at the channel’s London headquarters, reports the Guardian.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “On Thursday a member of staff at Channel 4 who had travelled to Asia within the last month felt unwell.

“As a precautionary measure they decided 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.

“We have informed our staff of this and continue to follow all the latest public health guidance.”

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Westminster panic as coronavirus patient attended London summit with 250 guests #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic #Westminster #London

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CORONAVIRUS panic has hit London after it emerged that Britain’s ninth confirmed patient had attended a central London summit in the days before going to hospital.

The Chinese woman was among 250 guests at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster on Monday – three days before heading to Lewisham Hospital in an Uber. Public Health England has since sent a letter to everyone who attended the event, warning them of the risks of contamination. They said: “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.”

Guests were told to self-isolate for two weeks if they developed symptoms.

Boris Johnson’s’ Buses Minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton delivered a keynote speech.

Lilian Greenwood, Nottingham South MP , and Gareth Powell, the head of Transport for London’s bus network, were also in attendance.

The Uber driver’s account has been temporarily suspended, reports suggest.

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Coronavirus Heathrow Airport alert: United Airlines quarantined – ‘Passenger isolated’ #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic #London #HeathrowAirport #plane #UnitedAirlines #quarantine

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PASSENGERS travelling from San Francisco to London’s Heathrow airport have been told they are not allowed to leave their aircraft as someone on board is suspected of having coronavirus.

The plane, believed to be United Airlines plane – flight 901, was held at Heathrow Airport this morning after landing at Terminal 2.

The captain then announced that someone on board was suspected to have the virus, formally known as COVID-19, and no one was allowed to leave the plane.

The person has been isolated at the back of the plane, according to passengers on board the aircraft.

One person wrote on Twitter: “United flight 901 from San Francisco being held on apron at Heathrow with a suspected case of coronavirus onboard. We’re being held on the plane as there are seven other flights with suspected cases on board.”

A second person said: Just landed at Heathrow T2 and captain has announced that someone on the plane has suspected #coronavirus. Noone allowed to leave the plane! waiting for doctor confirmation expected either way. Person isolated at the back of the plane.”

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