Brighton GP surgery closed over link to coronavirus case

A GP surgery in Brighton has been closed after it was linked to one of the four coronavirus cases confirmed today, Sky News understands.

Earlier on Monday, four British people tested positive for the virus, having been in contact in France with a UK businessman who contracted the virus in Singapore before flying to the French Alps.

He was confirmed as having the virus in Brighton and was the third person in the UK to contract it.

The door of the County Oak Medical Centre in Carden Hill had a sign saying it is closed “due to operational difficulties”.

A message on the practice’s phone says: “Unfortunately the building has had to close due to an urgent operational health and safety reason.


“For non-urgent medical advice, please call NHS 111, or if you feel you need urgent medical advice, please call 999.”

Eleven other Britons, including the four confirmed on Monday, contracted coronavirus from the businessman – thought to be a superspreader – during a ski trip in Les Contamines-Montjoie near Mont Blanc.

The latest coronavirus outbreak updates:

  • The global number of deaths is 910, with 908 in China, including an American and a Japanese person
  • Across the UK 1,114 tests have been carried out, with eight positive
  • A total of 97 people died of coronavirus in China on Sunday – the largest in a single day since the outbreak was detected in mid-December, denting optimism the death control measures are fighting the outbreak
  • On Sunday, 3,062 new virus cases were reported in China – a 15% increase from the day before, bringing the total to 40,171, including 27 foreigners
  • More than 440 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, with two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines
  • The total number of deaths exceeds the 774 killed by the 2002/3 SARS outbreak
  • Confirmed cases of the new virus vastly exceed the 8,098 infected by SARS
  • In Japan, 65 more cases of coronavirus were confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, raising the total to 135.
  • In Hong Kong, all 1,800 crew on a cruise ship quarantined on Sunday tested negative for the virus and were allowed off alongside the same number of passengers who were not tested.

Source: Skynews

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