Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Gloucestershire rise to four

March 15 2020
Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Gloucestershire rise to four

FOUR cases of coronavirus have now been reported in South Gloucestershire.

Public Health England reported the increase today, three days after the area’s first coronavirus case was confirmed.

No details of the new cases have been released.

The first case, confirmed on Thursday, involved a resident who was infected with COVID-19 during “recent travel” and was treated in isolation in the specialist infectious diseases unit at Southmead Hospital, above, before being discharged to ‘self-isolate’ at home.

The number of cases confirmed in Bristol stands at 5, while in Gloucestershire a total of six cases had been reported by today.

South Gloucestershire Council director of public health Sara Blackmore issued advice at the time the first case in the area was confirmed, saying: “We are working closely with Public Health England and our health colleagues and are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of local people and given the national picture we were expecting this and are prepared.

“At an individual level we can make a big impact in helping to delay the spread of the virus by adhering to Public Health England guidance around personal hygiene:
- wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and
- use tissues when you cough or sneeze and dispose of them afterwards.
“Finally, if you have symptoms such as a high temperature, cough or shortness of breath then please use the online or telephone 111 service. DO NOT visit your GP or local hospital.
“For further advice and guidance, refer to the Public Health England or NHS websites.”
Anyone who has recently been to an affected area and is feeling unwell should go to NHS 111 online, phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice and should not go to their doctor or a hospital.

Further advice is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.