Coronavirus victim linked to other cases gets the all clear
A coronavirus victim who unwittingly spread the disease overseas has made a full recovery, it has been announced.
Steve Walsh, 53, who is thought to have caught the virus in Singapore before spreading it to others during a ski trip to the Alps, was being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.
But, following two negative tests for the virus 24 hours apart, it has been confirmed the father-of-two, a scout leader from Hove, has been discharged. He is linked to five other people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK.
Prof Keith Willett, an NHS strategic incident director, said: “I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment.
“Mr Walsh’s symptoms were mild and he is no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public. He is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.
“I would like to thank the clinical team who treated Mr Walsh in hospital, as well as all the NHS staff who are working hard with other health organisations to limit the spread of coronavirus and treat the small numbers who have contracted the illness.” theguardian.com