Public message regarding novel coronavirus

Friday 7th February, 2020

We are now able to confirm that a case of Novel Coronavirus has been identified in Brighton and Hove.

Over the last 24 hours, while we have been waiting for the official announcement, the local NHS have been working closely with Public Health England and our partner organisations to help contain the situation, using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus. Public Health England are leading on control measures and they are contacting people who may be affected using their established systems for similar situations. 

The local NHS is working around the clock alongside the local Public Health team, local authority and partner organisations to manage the situation to ensure our populations remain as safe as possible.

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus; you can help too.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours; to protect yourself and others:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus.

Find out more at

Advice from HM Government for Chinese speakers

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing –
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT