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Islington GP Surgery Is Latest To Shut Due To Coronavirus

By Sara C Nelson

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.

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.

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.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/islington-gp-surgery-closed-coronavirus_uk_5e454c55c5b671eafe1f88de