Coronavirus news – live: NHS says more people may need to self-isolate as Uber-A&E trip prompts fears and outbreak shows no signs of slowing

Coronavirus news – live: NHS says more people may need to self-isolate as Uber-A&E trip prompts fears and outbreak shows no signs of slowing

The coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of slowing after more than 5,000 new cases were reported.

More people in the UK may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease, the chief executive of the NHS warned as more than 80 people were allowed to leave quarantine following 14 days in isolation.

Meanwhile, it emerged the woman who is the UK’s ninth case of the virus took an Uber to A&E after she developed symptoms of coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.


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Two staff from Lewisham hospital, in south London, are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, who contracted the virus in China before flying back to the UK.

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No case for cancelling or moving Tokyo games

The International Olympic Committee has been advised by the World Health Organisation that there is no case for contingency plans to cancel or relocate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics over the coronavirus outbreak, according to the IOC’s Coordination Commission head.

“Advice that we have received externally from WHO is that there is no case for any contingency plans of cancelling the Games or moving the Games,” John Coates told reporters.

The Summer Olympics are due to be held in Tokyo from 24 July.


 First repatriated French nationals leave quarantine


A bus carrying French citizens repatriated from Wuhan leaves the Vacanciel hotel club resort, where they had been quarantined for 14 days (EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER)

The first group of French nationals repatriated from China due to the coronavirus outbreak have returned to the outside world after two weeks in quarantine.

None of the 181 involved – who had been flown home from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic – tested positive for the virus, local health officials said.

“There have been no problems …but people are happy that it’s over,” Marc Zyltman, Red Cross head at the southern holiday resort of Carry-Le-Rouet where they were quarantined, said.

A further 157 people remain in quarantine in southern France, of whom 122 will be allowed home on 16 February and the remainder on 23 February.

France has recorded 11 cases of the virus.


Coronavirus kills six health workers


Workers producing protective suits at a factory in Binzhou in China’s eastern Shandong province (STR/bioreports via Getty Images)

At least 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died, China’s National Health Commission vice minister, Zeng Yixin, has said.


Mr Zeng said the number of infected medical staff was increasing.


Chinese officials and hospitals have repeatedly noted a shortage of protective equipment such as face masks.

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