THE national media are turning to The Argus for its coverage of the coronavirus.

In the absence of authorities providing in-depth information about the outbreak in the city, national outlets including ITV, BBC and LBC have been looking to Argus reporters for insight.

Our reporter Harry Bullmore spoke live with LBC on Monday afternoon as the fifth Brighton case was announced and the County Oak medical centre was closed.

Reporter Laurie Churchman spoke to the World at One, Radio Four and BBC Scotland about the city’s reaction as people began to self isolate themselves from the disease. Chief reporter Emily Walker spoke to Channel 4, which has been following The Argus as we cover the developing story.

The Channel 4 programme will be airing at 7.30pm on Friday.

Reporter Jody Doherty-Cove spoke with ITV’s Fiona Foster about the lack of information being provided from the authorities. The ITV programme will be airing at 7.30pm on Thursday.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has also spoken out about the lack of information from official sources.

She has called on the Health Secretary to launch a more high-profile public health campaign to better inform people about the outbreak.

The Green said: “People in Brighton are telling me that they don’t feel they are getting the information they need, which has fed anxiety in the city.

“People needed more timely and accurate information which went beyond how to best avoid infection (tissue use and washing hands) to cover issues like what self-isolation actually means for people.

“This public health campaign needed to be much more pro-active, without causing panic or compromising patient confidentiality. It needed to include other government departments like education, so that schools were able to take appropriate action.”