Identity of man linked to 11 British coronavirus cases revealedTim Dune
Identity of man linked to 11 British coronavirus cases revealed
Steve Walsh has been named as the man who is believed to have spread coronavirus to 11 people. Pic: Servomex
The British man who is believed to be a “superspreader” of coronavirus has been identified as businessman Steve Walsh.
The 53-year-old’s company said he has fully recovered after being diagnosed on 6 February with coronavirus.
Mr Walsh is suspected of infecting 11 other Britons with the virus – four who are in the UK, five in France and one in Majorca – who were in France with him.
Five people staying with Mr Walsh in Les Contamines Montjoie were taken away from the resort by ambulance. Pic: BFMTV
He has two children and is an assistant cub scout leader at the 3rd Hove St Leonards Scout Group where he is known as Shere Khan, according to the MailOnline.
In a statement from St Thomas’ hospital in London, where he is in quarantine, Mr Walsh said: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care – whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.
“As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England.
“I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed.
“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.
“I also thank friends, family and colleagues for their support during recent weeks and I ask the media to respect our privacy.”
Eleven Britons who stayed with Mr Walsh have been diagnosed with coronavirus
The second flight of Britons evacuated from Wuhan are in isolation at Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes
He was at the conference at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore with his company, Servomex, a gas analytics company.
A Servomex spokesman said: “We are very pleased that Steve Walsh has made a full recovery. We continue to provide support to him and his family.
“We are working with Public Health authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff and communities and wish anyone with the virus a quick and full recovery.”
Mr Walsh attended the Singapore conference from 20-23 January before flying to the Alps on 24 January.
He shared a chalet with 11 others before flying from Geneva to Gatwick on an early morning easyJet flight on 28 January.
On 6 January Mr Walsh was diagnosed with coronavirus in Brighton, having gone to a yoga class and The Grenadier pub.
Two days later five other Britons, including a nine-year-old, who were staying in the chalet with Mr Walsh, were diagnosed in France and are in quarantine in hospital there. They are understood to not be in a serious condition.
Then on 9 February, another British man who was in the ski resort tested positive in Majorca, where he lives, but his wife and two daughters tested negative.
On Sunday, another member of the group was also confirmed as having the virus.
Then on Monday four people were diagnosed in the UK, including two healthcare workers at the County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton which has been closed since Monday.
Officials are now trying to trace anybody who came into contact with the two healthcare workers.
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