Fears of the deadly coronavirus have surged after officials carried out coronavirus testing for 1,500 people in just one day. None of those tested positive for the disease now known as SARS-CoV-2. However, despite the NHS claiming they are well prepared for an outbreak, health officials fear the worst is yet to come.
Public anxiety has surged over the past few weeks with the number of patients tested for the disease in Britain at an all time high.
More than 4,500 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the UK to date.
However, just nine patients have been diagnosed with the disease, which is thought to have first broken out in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Earlier this month Public Health England announced thousands of patients across the UK would be tested for coronavirus every day.
Precautions were taken up a notch after a third British person Steve Walsh, who is though to have infected at least 11 other people, tested positive on February 6.
Nonetheless, the NHS insists they are “extremely well prepared”.
According to NHS London: “The UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease – we are one of the first countries in the world to have developed a test for the new virus.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our world-class NHS is well prepared and we are doing everything we can to protect the public.”
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Despite none of the latest people to be tested being diagnosed with the disease, health officials suspect there is still a chance the disease will spread.
Leading scientists have warned the hope of stopping the outbreak is ‘fading by the day’.
Concern among doctors have mounted with health care professionals fearing that the disease’s emergence in the capital will lead to a rapid spread of the virus.
Dr Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Oxford University said: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.”
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The expert fears the disease could be spread more rapidly through London transport.
“This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.”
Other parts of London may already be affected after paramedics in hazmat suits turned up to a flat in Paddington, central London, after a patient reported symptoms yesterday morning.
News of video footage taken at 9.45am showing a man in a black hoodie walking into an with two staff members in full body gowns has increased worry across the capital.
The news comes as Britons stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan began to lash out at the UK Government for failing to provide them with means to return home.
David Abel, one of the British passengers quarantined on the cruise ship said he felt abandoned by the UK Government whilst he saw many Americans being flown back home on Sunday.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, he said: “It’s making it worse seeing all the countries coming alongside their people and taking them home.
“Putting them into quarantine in their homeland.”
He went on to say Britons onboard the vessel feel neglected by the UK as citizens from other countries are flown out.
He added: “And we just feel that we have been completely forgotten and neglected.”
“It’s as if the borders have been closed to us and England is saying we don’t want you back.
“That’s what it feels like.”
A group of Americans have cut short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be flown back to the US.
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