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One man linked to at least 9 coronavirus cases after traveling from Singapore to France to UK




A British man linked to a number of coronavirus cases after traveling from Singapore to a French ski chalet to the UK has fully recovered.The patient, Steve Walsh, is believed to have infected at least nine other people during his stay in the French Alps after contracting the virus in Singapore. He released a statement Tuesday revealing his name and thanking the UK’s National Health Service for its help and care.Walsh had attended a conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore in late January, hosted by the gas analysis company Servomex, which has since confirmed that “a limited number of its employees in different countries have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and are now being treated.” Walsh works at Servomex.But the conference appears to have led to a chain of transmission for Walsh,who left Singapore on January 24 to fly to the French Alps, where he spent four days vacationing in a ski chalet in Contamines-Montjoie, southeast France.France on Saturday confirmed five new cases of the virus, all of them British nationals, including one 9-year-old child who had spent time in a school in the resort. The patients were infected after coming into contact with a UK citizen who had traveled from Singapore, according to local health official Jean-Yves Grall.Walsh left the French ski resort on January 28, taking an EasyJet flight from nearby Geneva, Switzerland to London’s Gatwick airport.Walsh said in his statement Tuesday that he contacted his doctor and health authorities as soon as he knew he had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus. “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.”Four further patients in England tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, bringing the country’s total tally to eight, the UK De