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Coronavirus detected in London sparking fears Tube could spread illness like wildfire
Doctors have warned the London Underground could be a hotbed for the spread of the strain of coronavirus known as Covid-19. The warning comes after a London woman became the ninth person in the UK to test positive for the deadly virus.
There are concerns the city’s status as a transport hub could exacerbate the spread of the virus, however doctors have said the risk of infection for residents in the capital remains low.
Dr Robin Thompson of 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.
This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly. ‘As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen.’
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