BOSSES at the Albion said the club is taking precautions after the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

A total of five people from Brighton contracted the virus.

There have been no new cases in the city since last Wednesday.

On that day, Steve Walsh, the businessman from Hove linked to 11 cases, including five in France and four in Brighton, was given the all-clear and discharged from hospital.

Seagulls have stepped up the measures they already have in place to combat the spread of viruses.

The club’s first team players were away last week in Tenerife having been given time off during their mid-season break.

They were due back in yesterday ahead of a return to action for Graham Potter’s side at Sheffield United on Saturday.

While they have been away, though, players from the club’s other sides and many members of staff remained in the city.

A spokesman at the club said: “The club have contacted all staff about ways of protecting themselves against the virus and good respiratory hygiene practices, in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.

“We have increased hand sanitising gel availability and labelling around the facilities for all staff and players”

“The situation is being monitored by our medical staff on an ongoing basis.”

More than 70,000 coronavirus cases have been reported around the world, with 3109 of those coming in England. Nine of those were positive.

Eight of the nine people being treated for the virus in the UK have now been discharged.

Meanwhile a number of Premier League clubs planning pre-season trips to the Far East ahead of the 2020-21 campaign have also had to delay finalising their plans following the coronavirus outbreak.