Coronavirus in Portsmouth: Number of confirmed cases in the city rises to 50 as UK deaths increase to 759

THE number of coronavirus cases in Portsmouth has increased to 50, according to the most recent figures.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 6:00 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 6:17 pm

New statistics from Public Health England show that the city has reached the half-century mark for confirmed cases of the virus.

There are now also 317 confirmed cases in Hampshire – and 37 in Southampton.

It comes as the total number of UK cases rose to 14,543, with 759 deaths. 181 of those deaths took place today, Public Health England confirmed.

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Across the UK, 135 patients have recovered from the virus.

The government has urged people to stay indoors as much as possible, only going outside to get essential supplies and to exercise once a day.

Those who are considered high-risk – so are over 70 years old or have underlying health conditions – must stay at home for 12 weeks.

As of today there are 12,288 cases in England, 1,059 in Scotland, 921 in Wales and 275 in Northern Ireland.

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.

Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS