THE CORONAVIRUS "super spreader" has been released from hospital after making a full recovery. 

Steve Walsh, 53, a scout master from Hove, was released from Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London today following two negative tests.

The dad-of-two infected 11 people after catching the virus at Singapore business conference.

The virus, now named Covid-19, was then spread during a ski-trip to the Alps as well as in Brighton.

In a statement on his release from hospital, Mr Walsh said: "I'm happy to be home and feeling well.

"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 and I would ask you please to respect our privacy from this point on."

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


“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.”

On his way back to the UK, Mr Walsh stopped off for several days at a French ski chalet, where five Britons were subsequently infected with the virus.

He is also linked to at least five further cases of coronavirus in the UK, including two doctors, one of whom worked at a Brighton surgery that has closed its doors.

Speaking from hospital yesterday, he said in a statement: "I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care - whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.

"As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus, I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England."

A statement from gas analysis firm Servomex, where Mr Walsh is employed, said: "We are very pleased that Steve Walsh has made a full recovery. We continue to provide support to him and his family.

"We are working with public health authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff and communities and wish anyone with the virus a quick and full recovery."