Healthwatch Brighton and Hove- updated information on coronavirus

Gscene Editorial Team February 24, 2020

No new infections have been detected locally in Brighton and Hove.

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove have updated information on coronavirus, now also referred to COVID-19.  This has been prepared by the Public Health team at Brighton and Hove City Council.

It’s been confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer for England that five of the current confirmed cases in the UK were reported in Brighton & Hove. All of the Brighton & Hove cases are adults, and the virus was passed on to them outside the UK.

The patients from Brighton & Hove were transferred to specialist NHS centres outside of the city. Healthcare workers used robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus. The local NHS and Brighton & Hove City Council are working closely with Public Health England to respond to the situation.

The risk to the general public¬†is ‘moderate’ based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that coronavirus is of¬†international concern.¬† The risk to individuals however remains low, and the Government and the NHS are well prepared to deal with the virus.¬† No new infections have been detected locally in Brighton and Hove.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has now confirmed that as of 20 February, a total of 5,549 people in the UK have been tested for COVID-19, of which 5,540 were confirmed negative, and 9 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis until further notice.

РA new blog on contact tracing and commonly asked questions have been produced.
РLatest information and advice for the public is here
РUpdated guidance for healthcare providers is published here
РThe Brighton & Hove City Council webpages also contains helpful information, including how people can report any experiences of hate crime.

COVID-19 public information materials have been appearing nationally in press, on social media and radio. The advertising places greater emphasis on the importance of hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser, throughout the day and advise catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue before binning and washing hands.

Remember : Call 111 now if you’ve been to an area of high risk or in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus. Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on