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Coronavirus: More may need to self-isolate to stop spread - NHS boss

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Coronavirus in the UK: five things you need to know about Covid-19

Many more people may be forced to isolate themselves as part of efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in Britain, warned the head of NHS England.

Sir Simon Stevens said the group of more than 80 people who were released from Wirral's quarantine on Thursday set an "important example".

This occurs when authorities try to track the contacts of the ninth person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in the United Kingdom.

The woman, who flew from China to Heathrow, is being treated in London.

More than 80 people who stayed in accommodations at Arrowe Park Hospital for two weeks are now leaving after negative tests for the new coronavirus strain.

They are one of two groups of British citizens evacuated from Wuhan, with the second quarantined near Milton Keynes.

Sir Simon thanked those quarantined for being "responsible, pragmatic and stoic" during his isolation in the nurses' rooms at Arrowe Park.

"They set an important example, recognizing that in the coming weeks many of us may need to isolate ourselves at home for a period to reduce the spread of this virus," he said.

Matt Raw, one of those quarantined in Wirral, said as he left the block, "It is absolutely lovely to go out and I will definitely be having a beer a little later."

And an unsigned note placed in a window of the installation said: "I was a little anxious to know how it would be received. I didn't need to be … You made us feel welcome".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock expressed his gratitude to those who left Arrowe Park on Thursday and said people "can be sure that their departure poses no risk to the public."

The new case – announced on Wednesday night – is the ninth in the UK and the first to be identified in London.

England's medical director, Professor Chris Whitty, said the woman contracted the virus in China and sources said she developed symptoms after landing, called NHS 111 and then tested positive.

She is now being treated at a specialized unit at Guys and St Thomas hospital.

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Whitty told BBC Radio 4 Today that China is expected to "get over the epidemic".

But he said containment and isolation remain the focus of medical teams – and that work is now underway to establish how to delay any possible outbreak in the UK.

He said: "Basically, we have a strategy that depends on four tactical goals: the first is to contain; the second is to delay; the third is to do science and research; and the fourth is to mitigate so that we can prepare the NHS."

Whitty added: "If we are going to have an outbreak here in the UK – and this is a case, if not a time – put it back in time, in the summer period, away from the winter pressures on the NHS, buying it a little more time to understand the virus better, possibly with some seasonal advantage, is a great advantage ".

How can you "delay" the coronavirus?

If the new coronavirus becomes a pandemic – a global epidemic – it will end up in the UK.

It becomes a bullet that you cannot dodge, but it can delay the blow.

Part of this is already happening.

Identifying and isolating patients – and then tracking the people they came into contact with – was designed to prevent the virus from establishing itself in the UK.

In the future, experts may consider banning travel to limit the number of imported cases and close schools to minimize the "over-dissemination" effect that children have in outbreaks.

Even a brief delay can be a big advantage – if the NHS is not overwhelmed by flu, norovirus and other winter insects, the health service is more likely to handle it.

More time also means more research on the most effective ways to deal with the virus.

And summer – due to the effect that heat and sun can have on the virus and our own behavior – can limit the spread.

The hope remains that the coronavirus will be treated in China and not become a pandemic.

On Wednesday, British businessman Steve Walsh, one of nine cases of coronavirus in the UK, left the hospital completely recovered – without risk to the public.

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Walsh hired the coronavirus on a business trip to Singapore and unknowingly passed it on to 11 other people

It was the third case of the virus to be confirmed in the UK, after two Chinese citizens tested positive in York.

Walsh hired the coronavirus on a business trip to Singapore and unknowingly passed it on to 11 other people – five returned to the UK, two of whom worked as a general practitioner.

A total of 1,750 people in the UK tested negative for the virus, which causes the disease now known as Covid-19.

On Wednesday, there was a sharp increase in the number of new cases diagnosed in Wuhan and the neighboring province, Hubei, with a total of 60,000 infections and 1,350 deaths across China.

Rapper Stormzy has postponed the Asian part of his tour because of the coronavirus outbreak, canceling dates in China, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore and the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona has also been canceled.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus and what can help prevent it from spreading?

The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and cough, in addition to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with sick people and without touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, can help reduce the risk of infection.

Catching a cough and sneezing on a tissue, separating it and washing your hands can minimize the risk of spreading the disease.

Anyone who has symptoms, even if mild, after traveling from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, is advised to stay at home and call the NHS phone service 111.

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Do you have information to share about the coronavirus in the UK? You can contact us by email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

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