On February 14, it was revealed that one of the coronavirus patients attended a Westminster bus conference.
The infected woman was reportedly one of 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at Westminster’s QEII Centre in central London on February 6.
The event was labeled as the “special bus event covering all parts of the UK”. Attendees include key decision-makers of government. Speakers of the events include the buses minister, Baroness Vere; junior transport minister, Nusrat Ghani who lost her job in this week’s government reshuffle; and various managing directors of bus firms.
Labour MP Alex Sobel explained he was also among the attendees of the summit. He is now self-isolating himself. “Whilst I have been informed that I am at very low risk, I have called 111 to be formally assessed,” he said.
Labour MP Lilian Greenwood also attended the event. She tweeted: “I’m feeling completely well but to be extra-cautious I’m canceling my public engagements until 20th February. Sorry for any inconvenience.”
The event was organized by Transport times. All the attendees received an email which informed them that an infected coronavirus patient was also present at the summit.
The email was sent to the public health England which also contains a letter. The letter asked attendees: “Not to take no action if they were well but to stay indoors, avoid contact with others. They advised them to call NHS 111 if they developed symptoms such as a fever or a cough.”
“While the degree of contact you may have had with the case at the summit is unlikely to have been significant. We are taking a precautionary approach and informing you,” the letter added.
China has reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with the killer coronavirus, with the death toll now nearing 1,400.