Public Health England has revealed that 493 people in the South West of England have tested positive for the coronavirus, as of 9am on Thursday 26 March 2020.
They say the virus cases in our region are as follows:
Bristol - 51
Bath and North East Somerset - 23
Somerset - 23
North Somerset - 22
Wiltshire - 43
Swindon - 8
South Gloucestershire - 25
Gloucestershire - 57
Dorset - 25
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch - 15
Devon - 55
Torbay - 21
Plymouth - 26
The Department of Health say the total number of confirmed cases across the UK as of 9am on 26 March is 9,529 with 578 deaths.
The Government has issued advice requiring you to stay at home - from now you can only go out for these reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine, "as infrequently as possible" and use food delivery services "where you can"
- One form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle. This can be done alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only if this is "absolutely necessary" and cannot be done from home
Full details here:
Guide to employees:
Businesses that must close:
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.
Full details of Government measures are here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus