Coronavirus in the UK

Friday, 7 February, 2020

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

Media reports are linking the latest 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.

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.