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Coronavirus update from Brighton & Hove CC’s Public Health team

We are pleased to share some 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.  We hope you find this useful.

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.

Data

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. 

Guidance

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

Press advertising 

From Monday 17 February, COVID-19 public information materials began appearing nationally in press, on social media and radio, so do look out for these. 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 nhs.uk

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