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Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:17pm 7th March 2020. (Updated at 5:01pm 8th March 2020)

A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Cornwall.

The Council says the resident is directly linked to the first diagnosis in the Duchy, which was made on Thursday.

Both patients have recently traveled to northern Italy.

No further details have been released about exactly where the cases are due to 'patient confidentiality'. 

But Public Health England has contacted anybody who has been in close contact with either confirmed case.

If not have not been contacted then you do not need to take any action.

Officials are reassuring the public that the Covid-19 risk remains low and they are working to try and stop the virus spreading.

"I can confirm that a second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Cornwall.  The case is a resident directly linked to the initial diagnosis in Cornwall, who had also travelled to Northern Italy. 

“I’d like to reassure people again that the risk to the general public remains low and Cornwall Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Cornwall are protected.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action at this time.”

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK currently stands at 206. 

22 of those are in the south west.

The Department of Health said as of 7am on Saturday, some 21,460 people have been tested across the country, of which 21,254 were negative.

Two people have died in the UK after contracting COVID-19.

They are a man aged in his early 80s who passed away at Milton Keynes Hospital and a woman in her 70s who lost her life in hospital in Reading, Berkshire.

They died earlier this week and both were thought to have had underlying health conditions.

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