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UK News Staff member at Worthing Hospital is one of the eight UK coronavirus cases

00:45  12 february  2020
00:45  12 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses , it has come from animals. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK has doubled from four to eight after four more people in Brighton were diagnosed with the infection

One of the eight UK cases is a British man who caught the virus at a conference in Singapore and travelled to He was diagnosed in Brighton, and is being treated at St Thomas' Hospital in London. In addition to the eight cases in the UK , five British nationals tested positive in France following the

a blue sign in front of a building: One of the eight coronavirus cases in the UK is a healthcare worker at Worthing Hospital A and E (Chris Ison/PA) © Chris Ison One of the eight coronavirus cases in the UK is a healthcare worker at Worthing Hospital A and E (Chris Ison/PA)

A healthcare worker at Worthing Hospital is among the eight confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Staff at the West Sussex hospital received a memo on Tuesday telling them a member of staff working in the A&E department had been diagnosed with the disease.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said that all services at the hospital, including surgery and out patients, are operating normally.

It is understood the healthcare worker at Worthing Hospital is not the same person as the locum doctor working in Brighton, who is also one of the eight cases.

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CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK have doubled to eight today after four more patients tested positive for the killer bug. The measures are understood to have been introduced in response to one of the Britons who returned from Wuhan attempting to leave isolation.

The third person in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus caught it in Singapore, it is understood. He is thought to have tested positive for the virus in The Department of Health said they should do so "even if symptoms are mild", adding: "These countries have been identified because of the volume of

Meanwhile, it is understood two prisoners at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire are being tested for the illness and are being held in isolation.

One of the men is understood to have been recently transferred from a Thai jail.

They are both reported to be suffering flu-like symptoms.

As of Tuesday evening, a total of 1,358 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which 1,350 were confirmed negative and eight positive, the Department of Health said.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister praised the response of the NHS and said anyone concerned should “simply follow their advice”.

Speaking in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said: “We are a great country, we have got a fantastic NHS, we have got fantastic doctors and advice, and they should simply take the advice of the NHS.

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Two of the UK coronavirus cases - both Chinese nationals - are being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. After the third case was confirmed, it emerged that the British man had been exposed to the virus in Singapore and stopped at a ski resort in France before returning home.

News comes after UK declared outbreak was ‘serious threat’ to health.

“People have every reason to be confident and calm about all that kind of thing… all the coronavirus, and any threats from disease.”

It came as Steve Walsh, the businessman at the centre of a UK outbreak of coronavirus, thanked the NHS for his treatment and said he is “fully recovered”.

Mr Walsh, 53, from Hove in East Sussex – who is still in quarantine at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, picked up coronavirus while at a conference in Singapore.

On his way back to the UK, he stopped off for several days at a French ski chalet, where five Britons were subsequently infected with the virus.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Steve Walsh, the businessman linked to several cases of coronavirus in the UK (FTI Consulting/PA) © Provided by PA Media Steve Walsh, the businessman linked to several cases of coronavirus in the UK (FTI Consulting/PA)

He is also linked to at least five further cases of coronavirus in the UK, including the doctor working at the Brighton surgery.

A source told the PA news agency that the doctor, acting as a locum at County Oak Medical Centre, had only carried out one day of admin work there recently and had not had any direct contact with patients.

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A second branch of the surgery also closed, but Brighton and Hove City Council confirmed they would reopen soon following “deep cleaning”.

Mr Walsh is also linked to one male patient who was taken ill in Majorca.

Speaking from hospital, Mr Walsh, a cub scout leader, said in a statement: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care – whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.

“As soon as I knew I had been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus, I contacted my GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England.

“I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed.

“When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves.

“I also thank friends, family and colleagues for their support during recent weeks and I ask the media to respect our privacy.”

a large brick building with a clock on the side of a road: The Grenadier pub in Hove, East Sussex, one of the locations visited by the Brighton businessman, Steve Walsh (Steve Parsons/PA) © Provided by PA Media The Grenadier pub in Hove, East Sussex, one of the locations visited by the Brighton businessman, Steve Walsh (Steve Parsons/PA)

A spokeswoman for the Scout Association said Mr Walsh had not been to any Scout meetings since his return to the UK, and wished him a quick recovery.

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It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. The Foreign Office has urged UK citizens to leave China if they can. Five new cases in France are British Spain confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on 31 January after a man was diagnosed on the remote

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It comes as the World Health Organisation announced a name for the new coronavirus – Covid-19.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference a name was decided that “did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease”.

Also on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs in the Commons that new funding was being launched immediately “to support any urgent works the NHS needs for the coronavirus response, such as the creation of further isolation areas and other necessary facilities”.

Earlier, Professor Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of Public Health England (PHE), said “contact tracing” run by PHE was “working very well”.

He added: “I should say that the people who are of concern are those who have had very close contact with somebody with coronavirus, face-to-face contact or within a two-metre range for 15 minutes or more.”

Prof Cosford said PHE was working to trace the small number of contacts of the two doctors, including a Brighton GP, who were among the four new cases announced on Monday.

In Brighton, Patcham Nursing Home said on Tuesday that it has “closed to all visitors” after one of the infected GPs visited a patient there about a week ago.

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The case is thought to be the first to reflect the government's new policy of forcibly placing suspected coronavirus patients in quarantine. Meanwhile, one of the largest secondary schools in Brighton yesterday told parents that a ' member of its community' was in quarantine because of suspected

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A spokeswoman for the care home said no one was unwell and the closure was a precaution.

a person standing in front of a bookshelf: A man in protective clothing cleaning the County Oak Medical Centre GP practice in Brighton (Steve Parsons/PA) © Provided by PA Media A man in protective clothing cleaning the County Oak Medical Centre GP practice in Brighton (Steve Parsons/PA)

Another surgery in Brighton, The Haven, said it was closed “due to unforeseen circumstances”, although there was no confirmation whether it was linked to the outbreak.

Meanwhile, pupils at Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic and Bevendean Primary School in Brighton were told they could stay at home after a couple of teachers feared the had come into contact with the virus.

Earlier, Dr Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, described the outbreak as “a very grave threat for the rest of the world”.

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