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Coronavirus: 12 patients treated by two coronavirus GPs being traced

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Coronavirus: 12 patients treated by two coronavirus GPs being traced

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Coronavirus in the UK: 5 things you need to know about Covid-19

Twelve patients treated by two British doctors with coronavirus are being screened, according to the BBC.

One worked in A&E at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex and the other is a Brighton GP – they are two of eight cases in the UK.

Among them, they worked in four different locations, including a nursing home, A&E and two general practice clinics.

Worthing Hospital continues to function normally, said a Department of Health spokeswoman.

This is after three medical centers were closed in Brighton for thorough cleaning as a precaution.

The World Health Organization has named the disease that the virus causes Covid-19.

Public Health England is in contact with the small number of patients seen by the general practitioner who worked a shift in the area of ​​A&E, who has since followed the advice to isolate themselves.

The doctor is the second health professional confirmed to be positive for the virus, after Brighton's doctor, Catriona Greenwood, contracted it in a chalet at a French ski resort.

Greenwood is one of 11 people who were infected by Steve Walsh of Hove, who caught the virus in Singapore before staying at the cottage in France.

Speaking for the first time on Tuesday, Walsh said he "fully recovered" from the virus, but remained in quarantine.

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Steve Walsh, 53, said his thoughts were with other people who contracted the virus

On Monday, the government issued new powers in England keep people in quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.

Under the Department of Health measures, people will not be free to leave the quarantine and may be forced to be isolated if they present a threat.

As of Tuesday night, a total of 1,358 people were tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which eight were confirmed positive.

The first two confirmed cases in the United Kingdom were a student at York University and a relative. They tested positive after getting sick at a hotel in York.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus and what can help prevent it from spreading?

The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and cough, in addition to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with sick people and without touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, can help to reduce the risk of infection.

Catching cough and sneezing on a tissue, separating it and washing your hands can minimize the risk of spreading the disease.

Anyone who has symptoms, even if mild, after traveling from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, is advised to stay at home and call the NHS phone service 111.

The Patcham Nursing Home in Brighton confirmed on Tuesday that it "closed for all visitors" as a precaution after an infected doctor visited a patient there.

Another branch of the Oak County Medical Center in Brighton – less than two miles away in Deneway – was also closed on Tuesday, along with Haven Practice in Brighton.

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Oak County Medical Center in Brighton was closed for cleaning on Monday

The three surgeries are expected to reopen on Wednesday after a thorough cleaning.

The BBC understands that two prisoners in an HMP Bullingdon ward in Oxfordshire were tested for coronavirus after falling ill. One of them, a prisoner in remand, had recently returned to the United Kingdom from Thailand.

Currently, there are more than 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus worldwide, which has been declared a global health emergency. The death toll in China is 1,016.

As of Wednesday morning, another 39 cases of the virus were confirmed on board a cruise ship in the Japanese port of Yokohama, with 3,700 passengers and crew on board.

It brings the total number of cases among Diamond Princess passengers to 174, said BBC Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

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