Public Health England has revealed that 7,476 people in the South West of England have tested positive for coronavirus, as of Friday 22 May 2020.
It says - as of the same date - the virus cases in our region are as follows:
Bristol - 692
Bath and North East Somerset - 230
Somerset - 655
North Somerset - 392
Wiltshire - 521
Swindon - 447
South Gloucestershire - 399
Gloucestershire - 1,358
Dorset - 358
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch - 472
Devon - 808
Torbay - 221
Plymouth - 354
As of 5pm on 21 May, NHS England says the number of people who have died in hospitals in the South West, after testing positive for COVID-19, stands at 1,145.
Across the UK, the Department of Health and Social Care says there are 254,195 confirmed coronavirus cases as of 22 May.
As of 5pm on 21 May, of those who tested positive for COVID-19, there has been 36,393 UK deaths.
On 11 May HM Government changed its advice over Coronavirus from 'stay at home' to 'stay alert'.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
If you are struggling due to coronavirus
Use this service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.
You can find information about:
- feeling unsafe
- going in to work
- paying bills or being unemployed
- getting food
- having somewhere to live
- mental health and wellbeing
Click here: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
Full details of Government guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Government are advising those at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
- Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions).
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- Those who are pregnant.
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication.
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment.
- People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets).
- People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis).
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The main symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever and cough, which can become progressively worse and turn to severe pneumonia.
The NHS says the below are the most common symptoms of the virus:
- High temperature
- Shortness of breath
It has also said to use hand sanitiser gel, avoid close contact with those who are unwell and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. You can find more information here.
Anyone who is concerned that they may be showing symptoms can use the NHS 111 service here.
You can find travel advice from the FCO here.