London Underground ‘hotbed for coronavirus’ experts warn as first case of deadly bug arrives in the capital – The Sun
THE London Underground could be a hotbed for coronavirus, experts warned today as the first case of the deadly bug arrived in the capital.
Nine people are being treated for the killer virus in the UK as the global death toll climbs to more than 1,115.
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And the latest patient in the UK, believed to be a woman, is now being treated at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London.
She is understood to have flown into the capital from China before testing positive for the bug, now known as the Covid-19 virus.
And experts today warned the high density population in London could increase the risk of person-to-person transmission.
Dr Robin Thompson, from Oxford University, told Sky News: "In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.
"This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.
"As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen."
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