Two nurses – including one who is pregnant – are reportedly being forcibly kept in quarantine after they treated a patient suspected of having coronavirus.
The nurses had treated a woman at The Haven in Mill View hospital, Hove, who is thought to have recently returned from holiday in Hong Kong, according to the Brighton Argus.
They are being kept in a room next door to the patient, a source said.
The nurses have been kept in the room since 8.30pm yesterday evening, after treating the woman in a suspected new case of the deadly illness.
Another source claimed that the nurses were working a night shift on the mental health ward when they were told they couldn’t leave.
The nurses had treated a woman at The Haven in Mill View hospital, Hove, who is thought to have the coronavirus
The source told Brighton and Hove News: ‘The night staff were not allowed to leave and the early shift sent to other wards.
‘The woman concerned was assessed in a Mill View assessment room which has now been closed but it is nowhere near the wards so if it is confirmed there will not be a serious risk to the patients.’
Public Health England has refused comment and said it will not discuss any new confirmed cases until 2pm tomorrow.
Sussex Partnership NHS trust has also refused to comment.
The case is thought to be the first to reflect the government’s new policy of forcibly placing suspected coronavirus patients in quarantine.
Anyone infected with the virus will be kept in quarantine for their own safety and will be forced into isolation if they pose a threat to public health.
Meanwhile, one of the largest secondary schools in Brighton yesterday told parents that a ‘member of its community’ was in quarantine because of suspected contact with the coronavirus.
Varndean School, which has around 1,300 pupils, became the fourth school in the city to contact parents to say that a connected individual had been told to ‘self-isolate’ by Public Heath England for 14 days.
A GP surgery in Brighton was yesterday sealed off and cleaned by a team in hazmat suits after it was revealed locum doctor Dr Catriona Greenwood had caught the killer virus – today named COVID-19 – from ‘super spreader’ Steve Walsh at a French ski chalet.
MailOnline has found at least nine sites in Brighton linked to the city’s super spreader or his infected doctor friend including two schools, two health centres and a care home as the area’s residents accused public health chiefs of starving them of information
A second branch of the surgery, located less than two miles away, was closed today for ‘organisational health and safety reasons’ – the same excuse offered to patients at the Warmdene branch yesterday.
Brighton is at the centre of Britain’s coronavirus crisis, with six of the UK’s eight confirmed cases diagnosed in the city. More than 43,000 people have caught the SARS-like infection worldwide and at least 1,000 have died.
Scout leader Mr Walsh, 53, this morning confirmed he was Brighton’s ‘super-spreader’. The businessman is feared to have infected at least 11 people – including five Britons in France, one in Spain and five in Brighton.
MailOnline understands Dr Greenwood, also known by her married name Saynor, treated at least one patient at the Warmdene branch of the County Oak Medical Centre last week in an admin locum shift.
Dr Greenwood had been a GP at the surgery for almost 20 years before she left Britain last year to start a new life in the French Alps with her family. She returns to the UK periodically to fill well-paid ‘locum’ shifts.
Workers in protective suits inside of the County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton on Monday after a GP at the practice was diagnosed with the deadly virus
A source close to the surgery revealed she saw at least one patient at Warmdene in an admin shift. They said: ‘She comes back to Brighton for locum work. She carried out an admin shift at the surgery last Thursday.’
She is quarantined in a hospital in London. Her husband Bob and one of their three children are also being treated for the virus in France, as well as three others Britons who caught the infection at the same chalet in Les Contamines Montjoie.
Dr Greenwood and her husband owned the chalet, located near Chamonix. Mr Walsh had stayed there after flying to the French Alps from a conference in Singapore, where he unknowingly caught the virus at the end of January.
Mr Walsh, whose children attend the Cottesmore primary school that sent out an alert to parents today, passed on the infection before showing any symptoms of the killer SARS-like infection.
Dr Catriona Saynor (pictured left) quit as a partner in Brighton to live permanently in the French chalet where the British super-spreader visited to ski. She works at County Oak Medical Centreas a locum, according to the medical centre’s website. Her husband Bob and their nine-year-old son are also said to have been confirmed with coronavirus
Brighton GP surgery the County Oak Medical Centre has been closed for ‘urgent operational health and safety reasons’ after a member of staff tested positive for the killer coronavirus
He claims he has recovered from the never-before-seen virus. He is still quarantined in a London hospital and his family have been asked to isolate themselves ‘as a precaution’.
Brighton residents have been gripped by fear after the spate of coronavirus cases in the city.
Members of a yoga class attended by a coronavirus patient at the Cornerstone Community Centre were told to stay indoors and avoid interacting with people amid concerns they may have caught the virus during the session. It has been shut until February 17 because of ‘staffing shortages’, according to Allison Ollerenshaw, the chair of trustees.
The Grenadier pub in Hove, where the super spreader went for a drink after returning from Singapore with the virus. Staff who were on shift that night have been told to self-isolate
Patcham Nursing Home in the north of the city has closed its doors to visitors amid fears a GP with coronavirus visited one of its 24 elderly residents last week
Patcham Nursing Home, in the north of the city, last night closed its doors to all visitors as a ‘precaution’ after an infected GP – either Dr Greenwood or a second, unnamed male doctor – last week visited the facility, which cares for 24 elderly residents.
And students at Bevendean Primary School were this morning told they can stay at home if they want after a teacher is in ‘self-isolation’ over fears they caught the coronavirus. The school, which has more than 400 pupils, said a member of staff had been in contact with someone who had spent time around one of the six coronavirus patients in Brighton.
While headteacher of Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Rachel Breen, wrote to parents telling them the two had been isolated to ‘reduce the risk of the virus spreading’. It has not closed but said students can stay at home if they wish.
Parents of pupils at Varndean School were today emailed to say that a ‘person from our school community’ has been told by PHE to self-isolate for 14 days, Brighton and Hove News reports.
What we know about ‘super-spreader’ Steve Walsh and how the coronavirus crisis has gripped Brighton
Jan 20-23: British businessman Steve Walsh unknowingly catches the virus at a conference attended by more than 100 internationals at the £1,000-a-night Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore
Jan 24: The 53-year-old arrives in Contamines-Montjoie in the French Alps and stays at a chalet owned by a fellow Brit. French health ministry officials say he had contact with at least 11 Britons at the chalet. Less than 1,000 cases in China had been recorded at this point
Jan 27: Servomex, the gas analysis company Mr Walsh works for, advises all attendees of the conference to work from home. The advice came four days after one conference-goer was quarantined in Asia over fears of having the virus
Jan 28: Mr Walsh flies back from Geneva, Switzerland to London Gatwick on board easyJet flight EZS8481. He did not have any symptoms. Authorities say they contacted 183 passengers and six crew on the flight
February 1: Mr Walsh spends two hours at his local pub, The Grenadier, in Hove. Five staff are told to self-isolate for a fortnight. It is unclear where else he went after landing back in the UK. Almost 12,000 cases across the world have been recorded at this point
February 4-5: Mr Walsh contacts his GP, NHS 111 and Public Health England after learning he had been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case at the conference in Singapore. He drives himself to the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton to be tested in isolation and then self-isolates once at home. Servomex give a list of all British attendees to PHE for screening
February 6: He tests positive for the virus at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and is then whisked off to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London to be quarantined for two weeks. He becomes the third case in the UK. Almost 30,000 cases have been recorded across the world at this point
February 8: Five Britons – four adults and a child – staying at the same chalet as the ‘super-spreader’ in France test positive for the coronavirus. Environmental consultant Bob Saynor, 48, and his nine-year-old son were named locally as two of the Brits
February 9: British father living in Majorca tests positive: Ex-pat who also had contact with the Brighton businessman at chalet France has disease. His wife and two daughters test negative.
UK officials confirm a fourth person has caught coronavirus in England, and reveal they had come into contact with Mr Walsh in France. This is thought to be Dr Catriona Greenwood, who owns the chalet in France with her husband Mr Saynor.
February 10: Four more patients in the UK are confirmed to have the coronavirus: All had contact with businessman at the ski resort in France. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to eight
Dr Greenwood’s GP surgery – the County Oak Medical Centre – was closed for health reasons. Another case was confirmed to be a health worker, thought to be a male GP and friend of the Saynor family
February 11: Patcham Nursing Home in Brighton closed its doors to visitors as a ‘precaution’ amid fears either Dr Greenwood or the other GP with coronavirus visited one of its 24 elderly residents last week
Students at Bevendean Primary School are told they can stay at home after a teacher was asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had spent time with a coronavirus patient, potentially the ‘super-spreader’ Steve Walsh. Parents of pupils said they were left ‘shaking with fear’
Another GP practice in Brighton – Deneway Surgery – is closed. It is also run by the County Oak Medical Centre. It is not clear if Dr Greenwood had been here, or the other male GP worked here