Sixth Brit who stayed at French ski resort with ‘super-spreader’ has coronavirus

A sixth Brit who stayed at a luxury French ski resort has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The diagnosis comes a week after five others, including a nine-year-old child, who stayed at Contamines-Montjoie near Mont Blanc tested positive for the killer virus.

Scout leader Steve Walsh, 53, dubbed the "super-spreader", picked up the disease at a Singapore conference at the end of last month before he stopped at the resort for a few days to stay with his friends.

He later return to his his home in Hove, East Sussex.

The infected child is the son of British couple Bob and Catriona Saynor, who moved to the Alps three years ago, who also picked up the virus.

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Nine people in Britain are known to have contracted the illness but eight of those have since been discharged.

Two Labour MPs temporarily "self-isolated" after they attended the same conference as a sufferer however they were then reminded that the risk was low and ended their isolation.

Alex Sobel cancelled all events for almost a week after he was among 250 delegates at a bus conference in London's QEII conference centre.

Lilian Greenwood, also cancelled all her events for a week. Neither of the MPs are feeling unwell but said they acted as a precaution.

  • First coronavirus death in Europe as man dies in France from disease

UK medics warned the disease, which is believed to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China, could kill 40,000 in the country.

An 80-year-old tourist has become the first person to die in Europe from coronavirus, authorities in France confirme

The patient, a Chinese national, had been in intensive care for more than two weeks, but medics were unable to save his life.

His death was announced by French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn this morning. The minister also revealed the man's daughter had been treated for the condition.

More than 1,500 people have died worldwide from coronavirus, with 63,851 confirmed cases.

The total number of infections across mainland China was 66,492 after 2,641 new cases were confirmed as of Friday, the country's National Health Commission said.

The death toll rose by 143 to 1,523, it said, with most of the new deaths in central Hubei province and in particular the provincial capital of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people where the outbreak began in December.

Scientist Professor Neil Ferguson, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, told Channel 4: "This virus is the one which probably concerns me the most out of everything I've worked on."

Asked about concerns that 60% of the population could contract coronavirus, he said: "Given how transmissible this virus appears to be and that fact that at least all adults can be infected, we have much less data in children, then 60% is a reasonable figure.

"Within the first 12 months or so. What we don’t know at the moment is if everybody infected. What proportion might die and what are the risk groups? Our best estimates at the moment is that maybe 1% of people who get infected might die."

A mortality rate of 1% would mean roughly 400,000 people in the UK could die.

Prof Ferguson said this was "potentially" true but he "would emphasise that at the moment putting numbers like 400,000 isn’t necessarily helpful as we have so little information."

But he agreed that this is not an "absurd number, no".

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