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Super-spreader scout: I’ve fully recovered from Covid-19 virus

A BUSINESSMAN dubbed the ‘super spreader’ of Britain’s coronavirus outbreak identified himself yesterday as the disease was feared to have struck at clinics, schools, a jail and a hospital.

Scout leader Steve Walsh (pictured above) is thought to have infected 11 people at a French ski resort after a trip to Singapore. They included health worker Catriona Greenwood, her husband Bob Saynor, 48, and their nine-year-old son.

He is now linked to other cases of the virus in Brighton and Hove — officially named yesterday by the World Health Organization as Covid-19.

No chances: Cleaning equipment arrives at County Oak medical centre in Brighton, and Ms Greenwood (below) PA

The Department of Health said last night an A&E worker at Worthing Hospital is one of the eight confirmed cases in the UK.

Speaking from St Thomas’ Hospital in London, Mr Walsh, from Hove, said: ‘Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus. As soon as I knew I had been exposed to the virus, 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.’

Meanwhile, three inmates at Bullingdon prison, in Oxfordshire, are being tested. One is in hospital after a man transferred from a Thai jail collapsed. A prison officers’ association source told MailOnline the wing would be in lockdown for 72 hours and inmates ‘fed on plates pushed through door hatches’.

Three medical centres in Brighton and Hove were closed over fears of contamination, along with four schools in the area. There was a further ‘precautionary clean’ at Boundary House Surgery in Bracknell, Berkshire, because of a patient who had been in Thailand.

The virus has killed 1,000 people and infected 43,000 worldwide.