6 February 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus update

Updated on Thursday 6 February (5.15pm)

The information in this news story was correct at the time of publishing. Find the latest updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are three confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus the UK. The latest updates are available on the government website

Media reports today are linking the third case to Brighton & Hove. This has not yet been confirmed by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer for England is responsible for issuing geographical information about cases of Coronavirus. Until he decides to share any details about the latest case, there is no official confirmation to say where the individual is from.

We are working closely with Public Health England and Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). We will be sharing their advice and will provide more information as soon as possible.  

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

You may be concerned about media reports. You can find information and advice about the virus direct from Public Health England.

Public Health England is advising everyone to take simple, common-sense steps to prevent the spread of illnesses. Washing hands regularly  with soap and water and using tissues will help reduce the spread of infections. 

We’re continuing to monitor the situation.