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'No further comment' on Cornwall's coronavirus case

'No further comment' on Cornwall's coronavirus case

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:25pm 6th March 2020. (Updated at 3:34pm 7th March 2020)

Officials say that 'no further comment' will be made on Cornwall's coronavirus case due to 'patient confidentiality'.

The first case of Covid-19 in the county was confirmed on Thursday but with limited details.

The patient had recently been to northern Italy but no information was released about where they live in Cornwall.

When Pirate FM asked Cornwall Council for more details regarding the patient's location, they said they were unable to 'comment further'.

"We cannot comment further on individual cases due to patient confidentiality."

Cornwall Council

The Council also added that they are following official guidelines from Public Health England and that anyone who has come into direct contact with the individual would already have been contacted.

So what do we know about the first case in Cornwall?

The details about the case in Cornwall are still limited.

The patient is a resident in the county who was became infected in northern Italy.

We know they had returned to the UK, but we do not know whereabouts in Cornwall they are from.

Close contacts are currently being given health advice about symptoms and emergency contacts if they become ill in the 14 days after contact.

However officials say if you have not been contacted by Public Health England, you do not need to take any action at this time.

"Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

"The case is a resident of Cornwall and became infected whilst in Northern Italy. 

"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."

Professor Debra Lapthorne, Centre Director, Public Health England South West

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