First Person Diagnosed with Coronavirus in London, Went to Hospital in an Uber Taxi

The first person diagnosed with coronavirus in London turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber taxi after falling ill.

Two staff from Lewisham hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, a Chinese national who had recently arrived in the city from China.

Lewisham hospital on Thursday confirmed the unnamed patient had not followed public health officials’ advice and had simply “self-presented” at its A&E unit on Sunday afternoon.

Concerns were raised yesterday after NHS officials admitted that a woman with the virus had turned up to a busy A&E unit in an Uber taxi.

The patient – the UK’s ninth confirmed case and believed to be a Chinese

national – arrived at Lewisham Hospital in south London on Sunday night, in a major breach of public health advice.

Two healthcare workers who came into contact with the woman have been told to self-isolate and the Uber driver’s account has been temporarily suspended.

The patient was the first case in London and doctors are worried that the disease’s emergence in the capital will lead to it spreading quickly.

Official advice from Public Health England states that anyone who suspects they have coronavirus should stay at home, call NHS 111 and await transport to the nearest hospital assessment pod.