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Dear <<First Name>>, 

You may be aware that a person in Brighton & Hove has tested positive for coronavirus. Councillor Nancy Platts, the Leader of the Council, has written an open letter about the city’s response to this news. In the letter she specifically addresses concerns about the potential impact on the city's Chinese community:

"I’ve spoken to people from Asian communities about concerns around the origin of the virus being in China and how this could impact negatively on their community and businesses. I want to reassure our international communities that you’re a welcome and valued part of our city’s rich fabric. Brighton & Hove has long prided itself on being a fair and inclusive place to live, work and visit, for people across Britain and beyond. We will never accept discrimination in any form against one community or another."

You can read the full letter here.

Melinda King, Brighton & Hove’s Communities Coordinator has asked us to share advice the city has received from Public Health England and remind you how you can report hate incidents.

Advice from Public Health England

What is the coronavirus?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus has been spreading since it was first reported in December 2019.
Symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing and shortness of breath. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
If you develop these symptoms and have recently travelled to an area where the coronavirus is being widely reported or believe you may have come in contact with the virus then you should stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of the details linking you to the virus.

A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Brighton & Hove
An individual has tested positive and has been taken to a hospital where they are being well cared for.
Public Health England is the lead organisation responding to the situation. Public Health England is working with partner organisations to take measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus.
Anyone who may have been in contact with the virus is currently being identified and will be contacted directly by Public Health England.

What should I do?
If you are feeling unwell and have not been contacted by Public Health England, then there is no need for concern.
You should continue to treat your symptoms as usual for seasonal flu or a common cold. If you feel unwell and do not know what you should do, then call NHS 111.
As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to bugs spreading:
·         Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
·         Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Where can I find more information?  
Hate incidents
Hate incidents can be reported to the Community Safety Team at Brighton & Hove City Council by: Hate incidents can also be reported to Sussex Police – go to www.sussex.police.uk/contact-us  for details or call 101 (999 in an emergency). 
 
Best wishes,
 
Richard Williams
Chair, Sanctuary on Sea
 
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