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Doctors have warned the London Underground could be a hotbed for the spread of coronavirus known as Covid-19.

The warning comes after a London woman became the ninth person in the UK to test positive for the deadly virus.

The 20-year-old woman from China traveled from China to Heathrow when she developed symptoms she called 1111 and was admitted to Guys and St Thomas Hosptial and tested positive to Covid-19.

There are concerns as the city’s status as a transport hub is used by around 2 million people every day and ould exacerbate the spread of the virus, however, doctors have said the risk of infection for residents in the capital remains low.

Dr Robin Thompson, from Oxford University, told Sky News: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.

“This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.

“As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen.”

Britain now needs to stay informed on the development as more cases of the coronavirus, health officials have warned, as they confirmed the first patient diagnosed in London.