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06 February 2020 18:44

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Coronavirus: Third UK patient is diagnosed in Brighton

The third person to have been tested positive for coronavirus in the UK is said to have fallen ill in Brighton. The national newspapers are reporting the patient has been rushed to a specialist NHS centre after presenting with the symptoms in the city. He said, "A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three. "The patient is being transferred to a specialist NHS centre, and we are using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus. "The NHS is well prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had." Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been contacted for comment.

• As of Thursday (February 6), there have been a total of 28,273 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the globe, with the number of deaths now at 565. • Outside China, there have been 260 confirmed cases in 26 countries, including two deaths. Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said earlier today: "A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three. The patient had been transferred to a specialist NHS centre and "robust infection control measures" were being used to prevent any further spread of the virus, Professor Whitty added. The NHS was "well prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had," he said.

All UK hospitals have been told to prepare secure coronavirus zones to ensure "avoid a surge in emergency departments", a leaked NHS letter has shown. England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty confirmed a third UK case of the highly contagious virus had been diagnosed this lunchtime. He said the person did not contract the virus in the UK or China, but another country in Asia. Just yesterday, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chief nursing officer Allison Cannon told medics that no cases have been reported in Brighton and Hove but family doctors are keeping watch for symptoms and any sign of the virus spreading. Last month, the University of Sussex, which has many students from China and other affected countries, said it was closely monitoring the situation with Coronavirus.

Today, a University of Sussex spokesperson said: "We are very sorry to hear that a third person is now receiving treatment for Coronavirus and we wish them a full and swift recovery. Chief medical officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, said: 'A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three. 'The patient is being transferred to a specialist NHS centre, and we are using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus. The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne, where two patients who have tested positive for coronavirus in England are in a high consequence infectious disease unit. 'The NHS is well-prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had.' Earlier this week an individual had been kept in isolation in Southampton after feeling unwell on their return from China, but tests showed this was not coronavirus.

Two other cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in the UK so far; a student from the University of York and his mother. A THIRD person has tested positive for coronavirus in the UK - after picking up the killer bug outside China. The patient - thought to be the first Brit infected - was diagnosed after falling ill in Brighton and has been transferred to Guy's Hospital in London. A paramedic is seen wearing a hazmat suit in York on Tuesday night - less than a mile from where last week's two cases were diagnosed Credit: SWNS:South West News Service An ambulance was spotted outside a terraced house an area of York popular with students, sparking fears of the virus spreading Credit: SWNS:South West News Service 5 The third coronavirus patient is believed to have presented at the Royal Sussex in Brighton, pictured, over the weekend Credit: EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974 The patient - a man thought to be in his late 40's or early 50's - did not contract the disease in the UK or China, but was infected in another unspecified country in Asia. Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of the NHS, confirmed that doctors will now begin testing suspected coronavirus patients who have recently travelled to a range of countries in Asia. People with symptoms who have recently returned from the wider pool of countries - which will be specified later today - will be advised to self-isolate and immediately call NHS 111 for advice. Prof Whitty said: "A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three. The University of Sussex, which has a large campus on the outskirts of Brighton, said in a statement the new case was not a student or member of staff from the university. Patients in England with the virus will be transferred to one of four High Consequences Infectious Diseases (HCID) units. Two other patients who tested positive for the virus last week in York are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle. A source at the Brighton hospital today claimed the latest patient had walked into A&E complaining of flu-like symptoms on Sunday. Meanwhile, the two patients who tested positive for coronavirus last week remain at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 5 Staff members work in Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center as patients infected by the coronavirus arrive for treatment Credit: EPA 5 A patient infected with the novel coronavirus expresses gratitude to medical staff at a makeshift hospital converted from an exhibition center in Wuhan Credit: Alamy Live News 5 Patients infected with the novel coronavirus are seen at a makeshift hospital Credit: Alamy Live News Sharon Stoltz, Director for Public Health at City of York Council, said: "I can confirm that there are 3 positive cases of coronavirus in the UK, including the two cases already reported who were taken ill in York. "The test on the person from the Hull Road area in York recently reported in the media has been confirmed as negative for the virus." Public Health England revealed, as of 5 February, a total of 566 UK tests have been carried out - 563 were confirmed negative and three positive. In a letter, dated January 31, hospitals across the country were told to set up "coronavirus priority assessement pods", which can be decontaminated after each use. She said of the latest suspected case: "It is crucial that the public are kept informed of developments associated with the Coronavirus infection. A spokesman for the University of York insisted the student confirmed to have contracted the deadly virus did not come into contact with other students. A statement said: "The affected student did not come into contact with the virus on campus or in the Vita accommodation. "Initially, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed to the University that the student had not been present in student accommodation on or off campus between the point of being exposed to the virus and being taken to hospital. Students wear face masks around campus at The University of York Credit: SWNS:South West News Service The two coronavirus patients had stayed at Staycity hotel in York Credit: SWNS:South West News Service