Update 1600 hrs 2nd Feb 2020: The Council has now shared a briefing with Councillors which they say can be shared with residents. We’ll leave the Councillors to dissemination the information as they judge necessary. The papers do confirm that the infected couple appear to have had few contacts in the City and none on the University campus. The bulletin still fails to say when the couple arrived in the City and which locations they visited.
York University has said that the ill student, who has a confirmed case of the virus, was not on campus or in student accommodation either before or after they displayed symptoms (suggesting that they had recently arrived in the country, although this is not confirmed).
Apparently the Department of Health and Social Care, working with Public Health England, are quoting patient confidentiality as the reason why the movements of the affected victims have not been revealed.
Usually patients will waive their rights regarding the revelation of their movements.
It is perhaps easier to understand why the names of those concerned may be withheld, not least because it may deter others with similar symptoms from coming forward.
We understand that the Councils Public Health Director has now issued a confidential briefing to Councillors. Why it should be regarded as confidential is anyone’s guess.
At least one Councillor is understood to be asking searching questions about progress being made on finding recent arrivals from China who may be in York.
Questions are also being asked about the need to deploy hand sanitisers in public buildings in the City.