Updated: 11 February 2020
Residents across Brighton and Hove are being reassured that they do not need to take action around Coronavirus unless they have been contacted by Public Health England
Following the announcement last week that one of the confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus cases in the UK is from the Brighton and Hove area, Public Health England has carried out a thorough risk assessment and is tracing this individual’s movements in the last fortnight.
Public Health England is prioritising contacting people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individual as a precaution to provide them with health advice about any symptoms in case they become unwell. These individuals are being advised to “self-isolate” which means they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they are ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action.
People who have not been contacted by Public Health England are being advised they should go about their daily routine as usual.
NHS services are open as usual and measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Two GP practices, who share the same building in Brighton and Hove, were being cleaned as a precaution but are now running as normal. A very small number of patient appointments were rearranged to allow this to happen.
On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the risk has been declared as "moderate" - a level which allows government to plan for all eventualities but that ultimately, that the risk to individuals remains "low".
Information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England
Public Health England - latest information and advice: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Brighton and Hove City Council - latest information and advice: new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/coronavirus-update-tuesday-11-february
Royal Sussex Brighton Hospital - latest information and advice: www.bsuh.nhs.uk/