Coronavirus ‘superspreader’ is ‘happy to be home’ after being discharged
The man who is linked to 11 cases of coronavirus in the UK and dubbed a “superspreader” has said he is “happy to be home” after being discharged from hospital.
Businessman Steve Walsh left the specialist infectious diseases unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London having made a full recovery.
He was given two tests for the virus, named COVID-19, which both came back negative.
In other developments:
- Deaths from COVID-19 pass 1,100; total cases near 45,000
- 2,015 new cases confirmed on 11 February – the fewest since 30 January
- An A&E worker at Worthing Hospital is among the eight confirmed UK cases
- Two prisoners being tested in Oxfordshire – one had recently transferred from a Thai jail
- Another 39 test positive on Diamond Princess ship off Japan, bringing total to 169
- The only two deaths outside mainland China remain one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines
- Bank of England governor says virus “already bigger than SARS” from economic perspective
- The Chinese Grand Prix due to take place in Shanghai on 19 April has been cancelled
The 53-year-old contracted the virus in Singapore while at a business conference before going to the French Alps for a ski holiday, then returning to his home in Hove, East Sussex.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Brighton on 6 February.
In a statement after leaving hospital, the father of two thanked those involved in his treatment and recovery.