Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Coronavirus super-spreader revealed

The Brighton coronavirus 'super-spreader' who infected at least 11 Britons is a 53-year-old scout leader and family man who has already beaten the deadly virus in five days, MailOnline can exclusively reveal today.

Father-of-two sales executive Steve Walsh is in quarantine in a London hospital today after picking up the disease at a Singapore gas conference at the end of last month and coming home to Hove via a skiing holiday in the Alps.  

Mr Walsh, who is assistant cub scout leader at the 3rd Hove St Leonards Scout Group where the children know him as Shere Khan, has inadvertently put Brighton at the centre of Britain's coronavirus crisis.

It is feared Mr Walsh, who is in an isolation unit, came into contact with hundreds of people on his return to Britain - but he has beaten the illness, he said today.

Speaking from hospital, he said in a statement: 'I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care – whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.

'As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England.

'I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed.

'When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves.

'I also thank friends, family and colleagues for their support during recent weeks and I ask the media to respect our privacy'.


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