First coronavirus case in Hampshire

First coronavirus case in Hampshire

Published by Jack Deery at 4:33pm 3rd March 2020. (Updated at 5:44am 4th March 2020)

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The exact location of the diagnosis hasn't been confirmed yet.

It has been confirmed that there has been the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in Hampshire.

It comes after the government announced that there were now 51 UK cases of the infection.

The new cases are in London, Northamptonshire, Bury, Wirral, Greater Manchester, Humberside and Kent, as well as Hampshire. 

No further details have been released about location, age or sex of the patient.

The virus has spread to more than 60 countries around the world and you can find out more on Spire FM's 'Coronavirus Advice and Information' page

GOVERNMENT PLAN

Today (Tuesday 3rd March), government ministers revealed their action plan to deal with a possible mass outbreak of coronavirus. 

The key points include: 

  • Police would "concentrate on responding to serious crimes" if they lose a "significant" amount of staff to illness
  • UK has stockpiles of medicines for the NHS, along with protective clothing and equipment for medical staff
  • If coronavirus becomes widespread, there will be a focus on essential services for those "most at risk"
  • The Ministry of Defence will provide support as needed
  • There will be increased government communication with parliament, the public and the media
  • Social distancing strategies could be implemented, which would include school closures, home-working, and reducing the number of large scale gatherings
  • Non-urgent operations and procedures could be cancelled and hospital discharges monitored to free up beds
  • Measures would come into place to help businesses with short-term cash flow problems
  • A distribution strategy for sending out key medicines and equipment to NHS and social care patients
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