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First confirmed case of coronavirus in Africa
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Eight Heathrow flights delayed amid coronavirus concerns
As many as eight flights at Heathrow Airport were said to have been caught up in delays or checks as a result of government health officials responding to coronavirus-related concerns over passengers feeling unwell.
United Airlines confirmed that staff in London had been providing assistance to a flight from San Francisco which had landed at Heathrow following reports of an individual becoming unwell onboard.
A man who had been on the flight said a passenger had been taken to the back of the plane ahead of the arrival of health officials before passengers were allowed to disembark after half-an-hour.
“There was an initial announcement that someone had taken ill and would be taken off,” said Andy West, a public relations executive at Hotwire, told the Guardian.
“Shortly afterwards he said that there was a suspected case of coronavirus and that the passenger had been isolated at the back of the plane.”
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Alex Sobel, one of two MPs who has gone into self-isolation over a virus scare, called on the government to do more to track down those who may have come into contact with those with coronavirus.
Speaking to Sky News, the Labour MP revealed he found out through media reports that he was at the same event – a Bus Summit – as someone who has since been tested positive for coronavirus. He said:
I hope the government do properly put the resources into public health and tracking people. I found out through the media. I do think there needs to be a stepping of the resource and support for this, because it has got the potential to be a pandemic.”
Sobel said he was not on the official list of delegates at the 6 February event but he did attend a fringe event outside the QEII Centre at which several buses were on show.
He said he has since been in contact with Public Health England which is trying to track everyone at the event.
Public Health England gave the advice that I should take reasonable precautions. Right now I should be at surgeries with constituents. We thought it a reasonable caution to self isolate until next Wednesday evening. I’m still at the office as it all blew up this morning. I’m in the end meeting room in the office away from everybody else. Once I’ve finished all these media reviews, I’ll be going home, and then I’ll be isolating myself.
Like most MPs I’ve got a pile of things to do, things to read, things to write, Netflix to watch, I’m sure I’ll be fine. It is obviously much more important that I isolate myself in case I am a risk than being a bit bored or being a little bit stir crazy
The advice that we’ve been given is that as long you feel well, then you can carry on as normal. Because myself and Lilian another MP, come into contact with a lot of people … we’ve taken this additional precautions.I’m not showing any symptoms. I’m fine. I’ve got no fever. I’ve got no flu-like symptoms. I’ve gotten to respiratory issues. But as you can present after up to 14 days, I’ve taken these precautionary measures.”
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