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Over 260 coronavirus cases recorded in Bucks

The figure went up by 46 by 9am on Sunday morning.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:03am 6th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Over 260 coronavirus cases recorded in Bucks

Official figures show that 46 more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Buckinghamshire.

It brings the number of cases recorded in the area up to 268, as a Cabinet minister said the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "still very much in charge of the Government" despite spending a night in hospital with the coronavirus.

Public Health England figures show that 268 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am yesterday morning (April 5) in Buckinghamshire, up from 222 the same time on Friday. A week before, there were 128 cases.

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They were among the 4,576 cases recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 844 over the weekend.

Across the UK, 47,806 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Sunday, up from 38,168 at the same point on Friday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show.

In total, 195,524 people had been tested and, as of 5pm on Saturday, 4,934 had died.

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268 people have been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Buckinghamshire

The Prime Minister was admitted to an NHS hospital in London on Sunday (April 5) for tests on the advice of his doctor after continuing to run a high temperature.

But Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast Mr Johnson is "still very much in charge of the Government".

He said:

"He's been working extremely hard leading the Government and being constantly updated. That's going to continue. Obviously today he's in hospital having the tests but he will continue to be kept informed as to what's happening and to be in charge of the Government.

"I hope, I think we all do, that he has a speedy recovery and that he gets back to Number 10 and takes charge in the way he would want to as soon as possible.

"I'm sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands on running the Government from the front, but nonetheless he's still very much in charge of the Government."

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In other coronavirus news:

  • Mr Jenrick suggested lockdown measures could be gradually eased "in the weeks to come".
  • He also told BBC Breakfast that there is currently "excess capacity" in intensive care units "across the country", which must be maintained.
  • The number of new cars sold in the UK in March fell by 44% compared with the same month in 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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