A GP surgery in Islington, north London, closed abruptly today after a coronavirus scare – a day after the capital last night announced its first case of the killer disease. Cleaners wearing protective clothing were pictured scrubbing down the Ritchie Street Health Centre, near the Angel underground station. The surgery blamed the virus for its decision to shut in a notice on its door, which read: ‘Practice is closed until 14/02/2020 due to the coronavirus. Any patients that have the symptoms should call 111 and not come to the practice.’ However it has emerged that no patients or staff at the practice have tested positive for the virus – and it remains unclear why management took the decision to shut. NHS officials say the move may have been precautionary after a patient was tested for the virus after turning up at the practice with symptoms. The scare comes after it emerged that London’s first coronavirus patient took herself to A&E in an Uber on Sunday and walked into a public area of Lewisham Hospital – going against strict advice to stay at home and ring NHS 111. Uber today confirmed the driver’s account has been suspended as a precaution, but public health chiefs say… Read full this story
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