Coronavirus UK outbreak: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member infected

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Coronavirus UK outbreak: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member infected

The city is at the centre of the so-called “super spreader” outbreak, believed to have been caused by a middle-aged businessman who contracted the virus in Singapore. The County Oak Medical Centre in the Hollingbury area of Brighton has been closed by the NHS. A sign on the window reads: “Closed due to operational difficulties”.

The practice is located in Carden Hill, about three-and-a-half miles north of Brighton city centre.

Patients at the centre have been told to contact the NHS 111 phone service is they are concerned they could be displaying symptoms.

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A message left on the medical centre’s answering machine says: “Unfortunately, the building has had to close due to an urgent operational health and safety reason.”

The “super spreader” is believed to be from the Hove area and was diagnosed in Brighton on Thursday.

He was transferred to a specialist disease unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London where he remains. 

He appears to have infected at least seven other people in the UK, France and Spain.

Concerned locals took to Twitter to react to the latest development.

One man said: “Heard about it this morning. It’s my GP surgery and it very close to my house.”

READ MORE: Coronavirus: ‘Super spreaders’ of disease at risk, warns expert

And another Twitter user predicted it would not be long until “major events” in the UK are cancelled as a result of the outbreak.

The number of people in the UK diagnosed with the deadly virus doubled from four to eight over the weekend.

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The four people most recently infected are all understood to be contacts of the “super spreader”.

On his way back to the UK he visited a chalet in a ski region of France, where five other Britons were subsequently taken ill with the virus.

The Department of Health said the people in the four new cases contracted the virus in France and are being treated at specialist infection centres at St Thomas’ and the Royal Free hospitals in London.

The Guardian reported that the four people are three men and one woman.

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