Last updated 18 February

As of 14 February, a total of 2,964 people have been tested nationally, of which 2,955 were confirmed negative and 9 positive.

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 have been transferred to specialist NHS centres outside of the city. Healthcare workers are using 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.

Public Health England is speaking to people who have had close and sustained contact with the confirmed cases. Their priority is speaking to these people so that they can advise them on what they can do to limit the spread of the virus.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact, you do not need to take any action at this time.

The World Health Organisation has officially given the 2019 Novel Coronavirus a name: Covid-19.

Our actions

The local NHS and Brighton & Hove City Council are continuing to work closely with Public Health England and the Department for Health & Social Care to respond to the situation.

Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of our response:

  • Department for Health & Social Care: the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident
  • Public Health England co-ordinate the response, information and advice on the Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals, and provide advice through the 111 helpline

The council has been working in partnership to safeguard the city. We’ve also been actively communicating the latest information and advice to all stakeholders since the first case was confirmed including:

  • councillors
  • council staff
  • residents
  • schools
  • care providers
  • public transport providers
  • businesses
  • communities and charity groups
  • media including TV, radio and press

We've put together these webpages to answer the questions you may have about the Coronavirus. The information is organised in sections, so you can easily find what you're looking for.