CORONAVIRUS panic is spreading rapidly throughout the United Kingdom after the NHS warned residents in Brighton to "self-isolate at home and call 111" if they are displaying breathing problems and have returned from one of several Asian countries curing the past two weeks.
The virus has killed 1,000 people and infected 43,000 worldwide. The message reads: "CORONAVIRUS: If you have respiratory symptoms and have returned from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days, you should self-isolate at home and call 111".
It came as Steve Walsh, the businessman at the centre of the United Kingdom outbreak of Covid-19, thanked the NHS for his treatment and said he is "fully recovered".
"The new cases are all known contacts of a previously confirmed United Kingdom case, and the virus was passed on in France", Mr Whitty said.
Prof Witty said: "One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the United Kingdom to nine".
"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".
"I'm happy to be home and feeling well", he said. "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".
Guy's Hospital in central London, where Mr Walsh was under quarantine.
The episode "may support that the virus can be shed from individuals prior to the onset of symptoms, which we are hearing more and more anecdotally", said University of Leeds virus researcher Stephen Griffin.
Steve Walsh has recovered from coronavirus.
"This volunteer has not been to any Scout meetings since his return to the UK".
Public Health England (PHE) emeritus medical director Professor Paul Cosford said the four new cases of coronavirus announced in the United Kingdom on Monday were "not a complete surprise" because they were all contacts of Mr Walsh. We factor that into the contact tracing that we do.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister praised the response of the NHS and said anyone concerned should "simply follow their advice".
A source told the PA news agency on Tuesday that one of the Global Positioning System, who was a locum at County Oak Medical Centre, had only carried out one day of admin work there recently and had not had any direct contact with patients.
There were a number of "countries of concern", he said.
Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, can help cut the risk of infection.
A second branch of the same medical centre closed on Tuesday.
A businessman from England, who became infected with the new virus from China and may have spread it over long distances, thanked the British National Health Service after his recovery.