Coronavirus 'super-spreader' Steve Walsh released from hospital

Will Taylor
News Reporter
Steve Walsh, who has been linked to cases of coronavirus.

A so-called “super-spreader” at the centre of a UK outbreak of coronavirus has been discharged and is no longer contagious, the NHS has said.

Steve Walsh, a businessman and scout leader from Hove in East Sussex, said he was glad to be back with his family in a statement after being discharged, having been kept under quarantine at Guy’s Hospital in London.

“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said.

“I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added, requesting privacy from the media.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK and where quarantines and treatment centres have been set up. (PA Graphics)

Mr Walsh contracted the disease – now known as Covid-19 – at a conference in Singapore.

He became known as a “super-spreader” in media reports because after his trip to Asia he stopped off for several days at a French ski chalet, where five Britons were later infected with the virus.

Mr Walsh was also linked with five more cases of coronavirus in the UK, including two doctors.

Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement: “I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment.

Guy's Hospital in central London, where Mr Walsh was under quarantine. (PA Images)

“Mr Walsh’s symptoms were mild and he is no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public, he is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.

“I would like to thank the clinical team who treated Mr Walsh in hospital, as well as all the NHS staff who are working hard with other health organisations to limit the spread of coronavirus and treat the small numbers who have contracted the illness.

“Anyone with any health concerns should contact NHS 111.”