London coronavirus patient turned up at hospital in Uber taxi

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    The first person diagnosed with coronavirus in London turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber taxi after falling ill.

    Two staff from Lewisham hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, a Chinese national who had recently arrived in the city from China.

    Lewisham hospital on Thursday confirmed the unnamed patient had not followed public health officials’ advice and had simply “self-presented” at its A&E unit on Sunday afternoon.

    She did not arrive by ambulance or her ownprivate vehicle and went straight to the A&E reception desk to report her symptoms – both clear breaches of guidance aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

    No other patients were exposed to the risk of infection by the manner of her arrival, the hospital said.

    The woman was then sent home pending the results of her tests. On Wednesday she was taken to another London hospital, St Thomas’, for treatment.

    Source : The Guardian

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