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Coronavirus: Labour MP self isolates after attending London conference

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
14th Feb 20 2:54 pm

A Labour MP who attended a conference in London last week has self-isolated over fears of the coronavirus, now officially known as Covid 19.

A patient who has been diagnosed with coronavirus attended the UK Bus Summit at Westminster’s QEII Centre on 6 February with 250 delegates.

Labour MP Alex Sobel, for Leeds North West in Yorkshire revealed had attended the conference in Westminster and has self-isolated himself.

He said, “Whilst I have been informed that I am at very low risk, I have called 111 to be formally assessed.

“As a precaution, we have cancelled all engagements until next Thursday when the 14-day potential incubation period will end.”

Baroness Vere and junior transport minister, Nusrat Ghani who were listed speakers along with other attendees who are key “government decision makers from around the UK” attended the conference.

Dr Yimmy Chow, consultant in health protection at Public Health England (PHE) said, “One of our main priorities has been to identify any people who we think have been in close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19 to provide public health advice, as they may be at slightly increased risk of catching the virus.

“While the degree of contact conference delegates may have had with the case is unlikely to have been significant, we have taken a precautionary approach and informed them of the situation.”

The chief executive of the QEII Centre said he was informed on Thursday by PHE that a delegate who has tested positive for coronavirus attended the conference, although the risk of exposure to others is “low.”

Taylor said, “However, as a precaution, Public Health England has informed QEII that it is contacting all attendees via event organiser, Transport Times.

“All QEII staff have been advised if they develop symptoms of a cough or fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, as you would with the flu and call NHS 111.”

China’s death toll now stands at 1,380 and another 5,090 cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 63,851.

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