Coronavirus: Hampshire up to 99 cases of Covid-19

THE number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Hampshire has increased to 99.

By The News
Friday, 20th March 2020, 10:01 am

The Department of Health announced that as of 9am on Thursday a total of 3,269 people had been diagnosed with Covid-19 across the country.

144 people in the UK who had the virus have died since the outbreak began.

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The figure for Hampshire includes four cases in Portsmouth and four in Southampton.

Public Health England has broken the cases down by local authority, which means information is not given out about where patients live within the area.

There are 87 cases in the Hampshire local authority area, which excludes Portsmouth and Southampton. It is the highest figure in the country, followed by Southwark with 82.

Coronavirus: the facts

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What caused coronavirus?

The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.

How is it spread?

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But.similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

What are the symptoms?

The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.

What precautions can be taken?

Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.

Should I avoid public places?

Most people who feel well can continue to go to work, school and public places and should only stay at home and self isolate if advised by a medical professional or the coronavirus service.

Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS