Keep calm about coronavirus urges Eastbourne MP

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell is urging people in the town to remain calm in the wake of the coronavirus virus along the coast in Brighton.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 10:09 am

She spoke out after it was revealed staff members at both Ocklynge and Ratton schools had self isolated themselves following limited contact with someone who had a confirmed case of the virus in the Brighton and Hove area and Rexell in Hargreaves Road closed temporarily.

Mrs Ansell said, “I have had a number of local residents get in touch and I understand the concern. It’s important to reaffirm that what has happened at the two schools and at the business has not identified anyone with the virus and the actions taken are only precautionary.

“I have been in touch with the DGH to discuss what measures are in place if cases do come to light and I have also been briefed by the Chief Medical Officer for England.

“The advice really is that people need to remain calm and vigilant. There are confirmed cases in Brighton, which is not far away, so there could be a risk here for Eastbourne.

“However, the NHS and the Government are well prepared to deal with the virus and measures are in place. It’s clear we must all do what we can to contain coronavirus. If anyone has been in contact with someone has it or is showing symptoms, they need to contact 111.”