PANIC buying, school and clinic closures and complaints about secrecy have spread across the city that has become the focus of Britain’s coronavirus crisis.
Pharmacies across Brighton and Hove ran out of hand sanitiser and face masks as it emerged that locals — including two doctors — are among confirmed cases.
Samer Bagaeen, Conservative spokesman for health on the council, condemned a lack of reassurance and demanded ‘full transparency’, adding: ‘If there is [a danger], Public Health England should come out and tell us where it is and what they want us to do about it.’
And Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said an absence of information has ‘fed anxiety’.
Last night, council boss Geoff Raw said: ‘We ask people to be patient. If Public Health England think there’s a reason to get in contact with you, they will do.’