CORONAVIRUS: Rise in cases for Wiltshire and Hampshire

CORONAVIRUS: Rise in cases for Wiltshire and Hampshire

Published by Jack Deery at 7:00pm 18th March 2020. (Updated at 6:23am 19th March 2020)

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It comes as the number of cases across the UK rose by 676 from yesterday (Tuesday 17th March).

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hampshire are now up to 87, an increase of 10 since yesterday.

Numbers for Wiltshire have also seen a small rise as there have now been 12 people in the county diagnosed, up from 9

The Department of Health and Social Care have announced the national figures for today (Wednesday 18th March):

  • There are now 2,626 confirmed cases in the UK
  • 65 patients have recovered from the virus in the UK
  • 104 people with coronavirus have died in the UK


Coronavirus infographic 18/03/20



A second patient being treated at a Hampshire hospital has died after contracting Covid-19.

The woman was being treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

John Knighton, Medical Director at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Sadly, we can confirm that a woman who was being cared for at Queen Alexandra Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.

“The patient, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 March 2020), was 59 and had underlying health conditions.

Earlier this week University Hospital Southampton confirmed a patient there died from coronavirus.

The 69 year old man also had underlying health conditions.


These are the things the NHS is asking to do, to avoid catching the illness: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

You can also use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 to speak to someone. 

Visit the NHS website for more information, or alternatively visit Spire FM's advice page

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