Chevron's Unidentified Employee Suspected of Coronavirus, Hundreds of Workers Were Sent Home

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Deanna Rivera in World News

Last updated: 27 February 2020, 12:20 GMT

There are more than 120,000 workers in Canary Wharf. It is the secondary central business district of London.  The home to five shopping malls.

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On Wednesday, Chevron sent home more than 300 workers after an employee was reported to have flu symptoms after returning from one of the countries affected of the COVID-19, testing for the virus is still ongoing.


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The company said: 

“Chevron continues to monitor the situation very closely, utilizing the guidance of international and local health authorities."

They added:

"Our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and we are taking precautionary measures to reduce their risk of exposure."

According to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, the official number of patients in the UK today stood at 13, including four people who arrived in the UK from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

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Eighteen schools have been forced to lockdown over fears of a coronavirus spread. Half term of February, from a recent trip at Northern Italy, the UK schools had to isolate teachers and students.

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Italy is now the country with the world’s third highest number, more than 200 patients, infected with the Coronavirus and three have already died from complications. Most of these cases are centered mainly in the country’s northern regions, with the highest report in Lombardy.

Earlier this month, the first cases of coronavirus in the UK were declared. There are now more than 81,000 cases and almost 3,000 deaths worldwide.

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The World Health Organization's announced that the disease is now a "public health emergency of international concern".

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The DHSC is advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from certain Asian countries: mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, in the last 14 days and experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath to stay indoors and call the NHS non-emergency number (111).

Speaking about the virus earlier this month, Professor Whitty said:

"The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.”

He added:

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"We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately. We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities."

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Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of WHO's confirmed:

"The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries."


He also added”

"Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it."

This strain of coronavirus is known to attack the respiratory system. Symptoms includes runny nose, fever, headache, cough or other respiratory problems, aches and body chills. It is possible to be asymptomatic, infected but have no symptoms.

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