A glaring example of how the disease caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, recently given the name COVID-19, is beginning to affect everyday life in other countries, is the woman in London who took an Uber ride to a hospital on Sunday and "self-presented" herself as a possible victim.
The BBC reports that Transport Times, the organiser of the conference, emailed delegates on Thursday informing them that a person confirmed to have coronavirus had been at the event.
As with the previously confirmed cases, officials are working to identify recent contacts she had.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily suspended the account of the driver who transported the individual to the hospital, and we remain in close contact with Public Health England (PHE)".
A United Airlines plane from San Francisco was placed on lockdown in London on Friday after a passenger on board displayed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a Channel 4 employee is among those being tested for coronavirus after feeling unwell following a trip to Asia.
During a press conference on Tuesday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China's effort to contain the virus was the reason there have been so few worldwide cases. "We have informed our staff of this and continue to follow all the latest public health guidance".
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens warned that many more people in the United Kingdom may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
More than 80 people staying in accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital will be allowed to leave after testing negative for the new strain of coronavirus.
Two staff from Lewisham hospital are now in isolation at home after coming into contact with the woman, believed to be a Chinese national.
"If you have to travel you have to go to the airport", she said.
Earlier this month, hospitals were told to create "priority assessment pods" for people with suspected coronavirus to keep them away from other patients.
Sources say she developed symptoms after landing at Heathrow, called NHS 111 and then tested positive.
"This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy's and St Thomas' in London", England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, there was a sharp increase in the number of new cases diagnosed in Wuhan and the surrounding province, Hubei, with a total of 60,000 infections and 1,350 deaths across China.