Two medics are among four people who were diagnosed with coronavirus today – as a GP surgery was placed in lockdown.
The County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton, East Sussex, was closed while staff in hazmat suits deep cleaned the surgery.
Four more people were confirmed as having the virus today – taking the total number of cases in the UK to eight.
The new cases – three men and a woman – are all known contacts of a businessman who was diagnosed in Brighton last week.
The middle-aged “super-spreader” contracted the virus at a conference in Singapore before travelling to a ski chalet in France.
Health bosses confirmed the newly-diagnosed cases were contracted in France and are being treated at specialist infection centres at St Thomas’ and the Royal Free hospitals in London.
Public Health England Medical Director Yvonne Doyle said: “As a result of our contact tracing we now know the new cases announced today are all closely linked to one another.
“Our priority has been to speak to those who have close and sustained contact with confirmed cases, so we can advise them on what they can do to limit the spread of the virus.
“Two of these new cases are healthcare workers and as soon as they were identified, we advised them to self-isolate in order to keep patient contact to a minimum.
“We are now working urgently to identify all patients and other healthcare workers who may have come into close contact, and at this stage we believe this to be a relatively small number.
“We would like to thank all those who have followed public health advice and have taken the necessary steps to reduce the risk to the general public.”
One of the men is understood to be a doctor who was part of a group that were skiing in the resort near Chamonix with the businessman, who is being treated at the specialist infectious diseases unit at St Thomas’.
The GP was at work for one day but did not treat any patients and instead did admin work, the Argus reports.
A sign pinned on the front has urged patients to ring the NHS 111 phone service if they have concerns.
Meanwhile, a GP surgery in Northamptonshire has also reportedly closed its doors after a “potential coronavirus incident”.
Brackley Medical Centre posted on Facebook to say that the premises were being “cleaned and cleared as a precautionary measure.”
Five other British nationals are being treated in France after being diagnosed with coronavirus having come into contact with the man, according to the French health ministry.
The four adults and a nine-year-old child, who are not in a serious condition, were staying in the Alpine resort area of Contamines-Montjoie near Mont Blanc.
Among them is Bob Saynor, who owns the ski chalet in Contamines-Montjoie, and his nine-year-old son.