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CORONAVIRUS: Hampshire confirmed cases soar to 44

CORONAVIRUS: Hampshire confirmed cases soar to 44

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:54pm 14th March 2020. (Updated at 10:06pm 14th March 2020)

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The number of diagnosed cases has more than doubled in 24 hours.

Public Health England has this evening released its latest set of figures for cases of COVID-19 today (14th March).

The figures, which are correct as of 9am on the 14th March, relate to each top tier local authority and show the majority of cases, 41, fall under Hampshire County Council.

For the first time there is a case in the Portsmouth City Council area whilst there is now a second case on the Isle of Wight.

Meanwhile in Wiltshire the number has risen to seven.

Across the UK the total number of cases is now 1,140.

21 people have died.

SHIFT IN TESTING:

After the Cobra meeting on Thursday (12th March) the Chief Medical Officer for England announced a change in the testing for Covid-19.

Professor Chris Whitty said only those at hospital will be formally examined.

"It is no longer necessary for us to identify every case and we will move from having testing mainly done in homes and outpatients and walk-in centres, to a situation where people who are remaining at home do not need testing," he said.

"We will pivot all the testing capacity to identify those in hospitals who have symptoms so we can pick them up early, make sure we treat them well and ensure they don't pass on the virus to other people in hospitals."

ADVICE TO STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS:

Meanwhile as the government tackles what's described as "the worst public health crisis for a generation"  anyone with a new, continuous cough or high temperature is advised to self-isolate for seven days.

CLEAN YOUR HANDS:

Health officials say one of the most effective things we can do to keep safe is to regularly wash our hands with soap and hot water.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

You should also catch coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Hand Washing
The advice is to wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds.

 

 

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