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First Brit to catch coronavirus refused treatment and beat it with a hot toddy

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Teacher Connor Reed said he thought he was going to die but beat the virus with old fashioned remedies (Picture: Connor Reed)

The first Briton known to have caught coronavirus claimed he managed to fight off the deadly illness with a hot toddy.

Wuhan-based teacher, Connor Reed, 25, had been unable to shake off a bad cough and was struggling to breathe when he decided to get checked out at the doctors in December.

But he was stunned to discover that he didn’t have a simple case of the flu, but was suffering with the fatal virus, which has now killed more than 360 people.

Although Connor, originally from Llandudno, North Wales, was terrified he was going to die he refused to take antibiotics and medicine.

epa08183501 Hubei province residents, disembarking a chartered Xiamen Airline plane, arrive at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, 31 January 2020 (issued 01 February 2020). The first group of 123 overseas Hubei residents arrived back in Wuhan from Malaysia on 31 January. The Chinese government is using chartered planes to repatriate traveling Hubei province citizens as nations shut down transport in and out of the virus-hit nation. The death toll of the novel coronavirus outbreak has reached 259. EPA/STRINGER CHINA OUT
The virus has now killed more than 360 people in China and one in the Philippines (Picture: EPA)
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The 25-year-old said he refused to get on an evacuation plane back to the UK (Picture: Connor Reed)
Medical staff in protective clothes are seen carrying a patient from an apartment suspected of having the virus in Wuhan, in Hubei province on January 30, 2020. - The World Health Organization, which initially downplayed the severity of a disease that has now killed 170 nationwide, warned all governments to be "on alert" as it weighed whether to declare a global health emergency. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
He’s decided to stay in the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan city (Picture: AFP)

The teacher said he’s living ‘proof coronavirus can be beaten’ and has decided to ‘stick it out’ in the epicentre of the outbreak instead of returning to the UK to join others being quarantined on the Wirral.

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He told The Sun: ‘I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it.

‘I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out. It’s an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick’.

Connor, who moved to Wuhan last summer to teach English, said the city has become a ‘ghost town’ with barely any fresh food supplies available in stores.

He added that there is now little opportunity for residents to properly safeguard themselves, as there is no medicine or face masks available in pharmacies.

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The Briton said he suffered with the virus in December (Picture: Connor Reed)
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The 1,000 bed Huoshenshan Hospital has just opened in Wuhan (Picture: EPA)

‘If you go out without a mask the police will arrest you,’ he added. ‘The authorities are really worried about how to contain this and stop it spreading.’

The teacher also claimed the Foreign Office seemed ‘disinterested’ when he informed them he’d been struck with the illness and decided to refuse their offer of a place on an evacuation flight to the UK.

His comments come as a second wave of British evacuees touched down at RAF Brize Norton at 8pm on Sunday.

They will join 83 people already being quarantined at Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral.

A man in the Philippines became the first person to die this weekend from the virus outside China, where the number of confirmed cases of infection had increased to 14,380.

A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, carrying passengers from a plane which transported British nationals from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 2, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, carrying passengers from a plane which transported British nationals from Wuhan (Picture: PA)
? Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/02/2020. Brize Norton, UK. Two passengers, one carrying a baby in a carry cot, who were evacuated from Wuhan in China disembark at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. On Friday 83 Britons were flown from the centre of the coronavirus outbreak to RAF Brize Norton and then transported to quarantine for 14 days at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP
Eleven people flew back to the UK to be placed into quarantine (Picture: London News Pictures)

A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed cases in the UK and the pair are being treated at a specialist unit in Newcastle.

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Yesterday the Foreign Office, which has withdrawn some staff from China and closed the British Consulate-General in Wuhan, said it is continuing to work with EU countries to add remaining Britons to any rescue flights they may charter back from Wuhan.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office (FCO) said: ‘The Government is in touch with British nationals who remain in Wuhan, and are doing everything we can to bring them home as safely and quickly as possible.’

In Wuhan, the first patients have arrived at a specially built hospital to treat those stricken with the virus, which that took less than two weeks to build.

Huoshenshan Hospital, and a second hospital with 1,500 beds due to open this week, were built by construction crews who are working around the clock in the city.

The treatment centres mark the second time Chinese leaders have responded to a new disease by building specialised hospitals almost overnight

Authorities have cut most road, rail and air access to Wuhan and surrounding cities, isolating some 50 million people, in efforts to contain the viral outbreak.

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Why is Boris Johnson in hospital and what’s the latest on his condition as he is treated for coronavirus?

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Boris Johnson spent the night in hospital 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus (Picture: AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in hospital after being admitted on Sunday 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said that Mr Johnson, who is in an NHS hospital in London, was not admitted on an emergency basis and continues to be in charge of the government.

The Prime Minister first confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19 on 27 March – saying he had ‘mild symptoms’ of the virus.

So why has he now been admitted to hospital – and what’s the latest on his condition?

Why has Boris Johnson been admitted to hospital?

Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests, after suffering with what Downing Street has referred to as ‘persistent coronavirus symptoms’.

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A spokesperson said that it was a ‘precautionary’ measure, explaining: ‘On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

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The PM had said on social media over the weekend that he still had one of the symptoms (Picture: Twitter)

‘This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

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‘The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.’

What’s the latest on Boris Johnson’s condition?

The Prime Minister initially said that his symptoms were ‘mild’ when he confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Although he was initially set to self-isolate for seven days, he was still showing symptoms the day before his quarantine period was set to end.

He said in a video on social media: ‘In my own case, although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature.

‘And so in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.’

Public Health England has advised anyone with a high temperature lasting longer than seven days should call 111 and not immediately return to their normal routine.

However it says a cough can persist for several weeks despite the infection having cleared – and does not mean people have to self-isolate past seven days.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for coronavirus, but left quarantine at the end of last week.

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Four arrested after man, in his 20s, stabbed to death ‘with machete’

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The man, in his 20s, is thought to have been fatally attacked with a machete (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young man was fatally stabbed in Brighton during the coronavirus lockdown.

Police were called at about 2.30pm on Sunday to a suspected machete attack, in the Whitehawk area of the city.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital. He was pronounced dead just a few hours later.

One witness said: ‘I saw a man come out of a house and it looked like he got whacked over the head.’

WHITEHAWK INCIDENT - THE BROADWAY - MACHETE ATTACK A man has sadly died following an incident in a street in Whitehawk. Police were called to Whitehawk Road, just south of the junction with Findon Road, about 2.30pm on Sunday 5 April. A man believed to be in his 20s was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries, where he sadly died. Four men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. All four suspects remain in police custody at this stage. Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: ???Our thoughts are with the victim and his family at this very difficult time. ???This is believed to be an isolated incident and we have four suspects in custody; we are not seeking anyone else. ???This is a fast-moving investigation and I???d like to urge people to refrain from speculating on social media. If you saw what happened, or if have any information which you think could assist in our investigation, please contact us. ???Local residents can expect to see a significant police presence in the area as our enquiries continue, and I???d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.?? Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting operation Heathland. You can also report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.
Police were called to the scene at around 2.30pm (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)
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The young man was rushed to hospital but died just hours later (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

The four suspects were taken into police custody for questioning last night.

Brighton and Hove Police posted an update on social media reminding locals to stick to government guidelines despite the warm weather.

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The force said ‘the matter is under control’ and urged people in the area to ‘please observe Government guidelines and stay away from the area’.

Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the victim and his family at this very difficult time.

‘This is believed to be an isolated incident and we have four suspects in custody; we are not seeking anyone else.

WHITEHAWK INCIDENT - THE BROADWAY - MACHETE ATTACK A man has sadly died following an incident in a street in Whitehawk. Police were called to Whitehawk Road, just south of the junction with Findon Road, about 2.30pm on Sunday 5 April. A man believed to be in his 20s was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries, where he sadly died. Four men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. All four suspects remain in police custody at this stage. Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: ???Our thoughts are with the victim and his family at this very difficult time. ???This is believed to be an isolated incident and we have four suspects in custody; we are not seeking anyone else. ???This is a fast-moving investigation and I???d like to urge people to refrain from speculating on social media. If you saw what happened, or if have any information which you think could assist in our investigation, please contact us. ???Local residents can expect to see a significant police presence in the area as our enquiries continue, and I???d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.?? Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting operation Heathland. You can also report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.
Police urged the public to stay at home (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

‘This is a fast-moving investigation and I’d like to urge people to refrain from speculating on social media.

‘If you saw what happened, or if have any information which you think could assist in our investigation, please contact us.

‘Local residents can expect to see a significant police presence in the area as our enquiries continue, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.’

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting operation Heathland.

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Disabled people will be ‘fully protected’ during coronavirus crisis, NHS says

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Health bosses have written to reassure hundreds of UK disability rights campaigners (Picture: PA/EPA)

Health officials have assured hospitals won’t prioritise life-saving treatment for able-bodied patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after concerns were raised in an open letter signed by more than 400 disability charities and campaigners claiming treatment ‘should not be influenced by how our lives are valued by society. NHS England director Professor Stephen Powis and chief nursing officer Ruth May issued a joint statement to mind minds at rest.

The pair said the country’s health service ‘will always seek to fully protect the rights of people with disabilities, now and throughout the course of this global pandemic’. The initial letter was organised by disability adviser and head of reform initiative Social Care Future Neil Crowther and sent out to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, NHS England and the British Medical Association

Published on Friday, the letter said pre-existing health conditions or impairment should not play any part in clinical decision-making regarding disabled people’s access to coronavirus treatment. Its signatories said disabled people have the right to be involved in decision-making about how they are treated in hospital and that ‘decisions should never be made without our involvement, or consideration of our best interests.

A paramedic pushes a stretcher into an ambulance near King's College Hospital, operated by the King's College Hospital NHS foundation trust, in London, U.K., on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The cult of the National Health Service has been key to so many political fortunes over the decades, but no??leader??has??weaponized it more than??Boris Johnson??after years of austerity measures implemented by his Conservative Party. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The NHS says disabled people will be ‘fully protected’ during the outbreak (Picture: Getty Images)
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NHS Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis wrote back to campaigners (Picture: EPA)

The letter added: ‘The fact that we might have significant levels of social care and support needs, or that we may do so in future as a result of the pandemic, should not make health staff think that we will not benefit from treatment.’

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It called for any guidelines regarding the assessment of provision and care for disabled people during the crisis to be developed in collaboration with advocacy groups.

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In their response, Prof Powis and Ms May said: ‘The NHS endorses and fully supports the principles set out in this letter.

‘They mirror the NHS constitution which is clear that we should deliver care and support in a way that achieves dignity and compassion for each and every person we serve.’

They added that decisions about the best course of action, treatment and care pathways are always made between a patient and their doctor.

According to charity Scope there are 13.9 million people living with a disability in the UK.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 30: A woman with an unknown condition is helped from an ambulance at the St Thomas' Hospital on March 30, 2020 in London, England. Hospitals across London are facing a surge in demand for critical care due to the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 30,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
A woman is carried on a stretcher from an ambulance at the St Thomas’ Hospital in London (Picture: Getty Images)
A member of the ambulance service wearing personal protective equipment is seen leading a patient (unseen) into an ambulance at St Thomas' Hospital in London on March 24, 2020. - Britain's leaders on Tuesday urged people to respect an unprecedented countrywide lockdown, saying that following advice to stay at home would stop people dying of coronavirus. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The NHS says it ‘fully endorses’ the letter send by disability activists (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

This week, a GP surgery in Wales sparked outrage after it sent a letter to people with serious health problems to complete a ‘do not resuscitate’ form in case their conditions deteriorated due to coronavirus.

Llynfi Surgery in Maesteg, South Wales, contacted people with illnesses such as incurable cancer and motor neurone disease and said indicating they would not want to be resuscitated had ‘several benefits’.

It said people with life-limiting illnesses were at much higher risk of Covid-19 and were ‘unlikely to be offered hospital admission’ and ‘certainly will not be offered a ventilator bed’.

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The surgery later apologised for causing distress and the local health board issued a statement saying that the communication had not been sent out by them.

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