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Nobody with coronavirus is 'walking streets of Cornwall'

Nobody with coronavirus is 'walking streets of Cornwall'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:10am 10th March 2020. (Updated at 5:47pm 10th March 2020)

Officials insist that nobody who is known to have coronavirus is walking the streets of Cornwall and coughing on anybody.

Cornwall Council is also saying that there is no need to stockpile items because supplies to supermarkets have been guaranteed.

The authority has released an advice video as the number of confirmed cases in the Duchy rises to five.

Four of those patients have recently travelled to northern Italy. It is not yet known if the other person had or not.

The main advice going out to Cornwall at the moment is to wash your hands regularly.

"Anybody who has been tested positive for coronavirus is not walking around the streets of Cornwall coughing or spluttering over anybody.

"They will not be going to social gatherings, they will be contained within a very safe environment.

"Any contacts of that person, within a reasonable time, have also been contacted by Public Health England and given relevant advice.

"Sometimes that advice will be to self-isolate and get tested, other times it will be to continue with their normal daily activity and will just be given a list of warning symptoms.

"The most important thing we can do is not panic, I know there has been lots of stories about people going out and stockpiling lots of things, there is no need to do that at all, as we have been guaranteed that supplies to supermarkets will come through and continue to come through."

Dr Ruth Goldstein, Public Health Consultant at Cornwall Council

Officials insist that the risk to the public in Cornwall remains low and they are doing all they can to try and stop the spread.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health England you do not need to take any extra action at this time.

The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK currently stands at 319. 

For more information and advice on coronavirus, you can visit the Public Health England website and the NHS Website.

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