Meet Steve Walsh Who Spread Coronavirus Unknowingly in Brighton
A coronavirus spreader, Steve Walsh has been detected in the United Kingdom and quarantined after infecting at least 11 people in a fortnight before showing any symptoms of the deadly virus.
The 53-year-old scout leader who is based in Brighton is in quarantine in a London hospital after picking up the disease at a Singapore conference at the end of last month and coming home to Hove via a skiing holiday in the Alps.
This latest development has inadvertently put Brighton at the center of Britain’s coronavirus crisis.
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Walsh is an assistant cub scout leader at the 3rd Hove St Leonards Scout Group.
According to reports, Walsh was in contact with hundreds of people on his return to Britain – but he has beaten the illness.
Speaking from hospital, he said in a statement, Walsh, who is referred to as Shere Khan by the children expressed appreciation to the medical team for their help.
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“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”.