There has been a 9th confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the UK after a member of staff has tested positive for the virus at a Health Centre in Brighton.

This is in addition to five British nationals who tested positive for the virus whilst at a ski resort in France – they are all believed to have contracted the virus from a single person who visited them whilst returning from Singapore – and who was then taken ill in Brighton after returning to the UK. It is highly likely that the new case at the Health Centre in Brighton is linked to this.

There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus reported globally, with the total number of deaths reported in China reaching 908.

The Government has issued new powers in England to stop people who are in isolation leaving quarantine and potentially spreading the virus. The Government has now described the coronavirus as a “serious and imminent threat” to public health – although the overall risk in the UK remains ‘moderate’.

The coronavirus causes acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.

If someone coughs or sneezes and they do not cover it, those droplets can spread about one metre (3ft). If you are very close to the person you might breathe them in.

Or, if someone coughs or sneezes into their hand, those droplets and the virus within them are easily transferred to surfaces that the person touches, such as door handles, hand rails, telephones and keyboards. If you touch these surfaces and touch your face, the virus could enter your system, and you can become infected.

Please display the attached posters in workplaces as appropriate as general information for good hygiene routines!

Corps Security has a well-developed pandemic strategy as part of our overall Business Continuity Planning – and should individuals receive and enquiries about this from our colleagues or customers – please do not hesitate to refer them to myself.

If anyone believes they may have come into contact with someone with the coronavirus and they develop any of the symptoms, they should stay indoors and call NHS111

In Scotland, individuals can phone their GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Northern Ireland, individuals can call 0300 200 7885

Nick Gilroy
Quality & Compliance Manager