Number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Yorkshire reaches seven

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus, or Covid-19, in North Yorkshire is now seven.
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As of 9am yesterday, there are 1,391 confirmed cases in the UK, of which seven are in North Yorkshire and four in York.

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There are also three confirmed cases in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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The total number of deaths from Covid-19 is currently 35.

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Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber have this morning said they are not currently planning on releasing further details of where in the county the confirmed cases are to protect patient confidentiality.

The situation in the UK is fast changing with more updates expected from central government later today after a COBRA meeting this afternoon.

People are advised to follow national government guidance to prevent further spread of the illness and limit the numbers affected.

This guidance includes taking basic hygiene precautions as the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, bin tissues, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands.

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Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

Anyone with a temperature or a new, continuous cough is now being asked to to stay at home for seven days from when symptoms started.

Public Health England says this action will help protect others in the community while people are infectious.

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They are advising people to stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in the home, sleep alone, and stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online or if you have no internet access, call NHS 111.

In a medical emergency dial 999.