Coronavirus in Portsmouth: Two more cases of Covid-19 confirmed in city as Hampshire total reaches 75

TWO more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Portsmouth.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 6:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 7:17 pm

Public Health England have announced the latest figures of people diagnosed with Covid-19 as of 9am today.

The UK total has risen to 1,950 – which is an increase of 407 from the same time on Monday, the biggest daily jump so far.

PHE revealed that the total number of cases for Portsmouth was now at three.

Coronavirus cases have risen in Portsmout. Picture: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

There has also been two more confirmed cases in Southampton, bringing the total to three as well.

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In Hampshire there was a jump to 69 people testing positive for Covid-19 – which combined with Portsmouth and Southampton brings the total for the county to 75.

Two people have also been confirmed to have coronavirus on the Isle of Wight.

The total number of people who had died after testing positive for Covid-19 is 71 now across the UK.

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