Islington GP Surgery Is Latest To Shut Due To Coronavirus

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A man in a hazmat suit and face mask cleans the Ritchie Street Health Centre, Islington, North London, which was closed 'due to operational difficulties' (Photo: PA)
A man in a hazmat suit and face mask cleans the Ritchie Street Health Centre, Islington, North London, which was closed 'due to operational difficulties' (Photo: PA)

A GP surgery in Islington, north London, has temporarily closed due to the coronavirus – the third to do so today.

A warning on the Ritchie Street Health Centre said the premises would be closed until Friday and asked patients with symptoms to call 111 and not come to the practice.

Inside, a man wearing protective clothing could be seen cleaning surfaces in the patient waiting area.

Islington CCG has been approached for comment.

It follows two similar closures in Brighton and one in Taunton, Somerset.

Meanwhile, the quarantine of 83 people being held in Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Merseyside, has been lifted following 14 days in isolation after they all tested negative for the covid-19 strain of the coronavirus.

All of those in quarantine were flown back from China and taken directly to the hospital after arriving in the UK on January 31.

On Wednesday evening, the UK’s ninth case of coronavirus was confirmed in London.

The unnamed woman, who is being treated at a specialist NHS centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’, contracted the virus in China.

Several Chinese airlines are still flying to Heathrow, including Air China from Beijing, China Southern from Guangzhou, Shenzhen Airlines from Shenzhen, China Eastern from Shanghai, Beijing Capital Airlines from Qingdao and Tianjin Airlines from Xian.

The Guardian reported she turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber taxi after falling ill.

Rachel Thorn Heathcock, a consultant at Public Health England, said: “We are in contact with Uber to ensure the driver receives advice and information on what to do should they feel unwell in the coming days.

“As the journey was less than 15 minutes, the driver did not have close sustained contact with the individual and are not considered high risk.”

An Uber spokeswoman said: “We will be providing support to this driver.”

Two staff from Lewisham hospital in south London are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, a Chinese national, it said.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The government is well prepared to deal with this virus, and we continue to work with stakeholders to understand and manage any potential impact to the education sector.

“We also continue to share the very latest health advice and guidance with education settings in order to support them.”


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