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Coronavirus case confirmed in Bucks

The person has recently returned from Italy.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 4:45pm 6th March 2020. (Updated at 5:58pm 6th March 2020) 3-minute read.

Coronavirus case confirmed in Bucks

A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Buckinghamshire. 

Buckinghamshire County Council have shared a statement following the councils first, and live, confirmed case of Coronavirus. 

The person had recently traveled to Italy, where as of Friday March 5th 197 people had died from COVID-19.

Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said:

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. This case is a resident of Buckinghamshire.

"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Jane O’Grady, said:

“I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Buckinghamshire are protected.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action at this time.”

As of 7am on 6 March 2020, 20,338 people have been tested in the UK, of which 20,175 were confirmed negative and 163 were confirmed as positive.

Dr O’Grady added:

“These are the same simple steps we all should be taking to avoid other illnesses such as flu which is also prevalent during the winter and it is important that residents help protect themselves and others. 

“If you have recently travelled to an affected area or been in contact with someone who has, and you think you have symptoms associated with the coronavirus, you should not go to A&E or your doctor but self-isolate yourself at home and ring NHS 111 which has an online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.”

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

    • a cough
    • a high temperature
    • shortness of breath

Self-isolation means you should:

    • stay at home
    • not go to work, school or public places
    • not use public transport or taxis
    • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
    • try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
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