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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cambridgeshire rises to four

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Cambridgehire has three more confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to four.

Public Health England’s latest list of cases by area shows the East of England now has 43 positive cases, as of 9am on Saturday (March 14).

A message at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Picture: Keith Heppell
A message at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Picture: Keith Heppell

The first case confirmed in Cambridgeshire came last Tuesday.

Then on Thursday, Addenbrooke’s identified one case on an isolation ward. However, Public Health England lists patients by their registered postcode, meaning an individual may be recorded for a different county than where they are treated.

The latest numbers are:

  • 1,140 confirmed cases in the UK, up 343
  • 21 deaths across the UK
  • 925 confirmed cases in England
  • 121 confirmed cases in Scotland
  • 60 confirmed cases in Wales
  • 34 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland.

The government said last week that the real number of cases would be much higher - it was suggested then that it could lie between 5,000 and 10,000 in reality.

The virus left Cambridge city centre noticeably quieter on Saturday, with King's Parade looking eerily deserted in the morning, when it would normally be busy with tourists and shoppers.

King’s Parade was eerily quiet. Picture: Keith Heppell
King’s Parade was eerily quiet. Picture: Keith Heppell

Meanwhile, Addenbrooke’s Hospital has updated its visitor policy.

It said: “As the situation with coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to develop rapidly, we need to take all necessary precautions to protect all our patients and staff.

“As with any infection outbreak, we are asking the public to limit visiting in our hospitals to essential visits only.”

The hospital is allowing

  • one visitor per adult patient
  • a partner and birthing partner per woman in labour
  • two parents or responsible carers per child patient
  • no children under 12 years old on site without prior agreement of the ward sister or charge nurse.

The hospital added: “If you have a new persistent cough or fever, please do not enter the building. Discretion will be applied on compassionate grounds by the nurse/midwife in charge.

“If you have a new consistent cough or high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) then please do not visit our hospitals. You should, as stated in NHS and Public Health England guidance, self-isolate at home for seven days.

“Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

“Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

“Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.

“Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

“Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.”

Footfall at shopping centres in Cambridge was reduced. Picture: Keith Heppell
Footfall at shopping centres in Cambridge was reduced. Picture: Keith Heppell

There has been criticism from some that the government has failed to take sufficient measures to introduce social distancing.

But it is believed to be considering imposing a ban on larger gatherings.

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump announced the country’s travel ban would extend to Britain, meaning flights from Britain will be curtailed.

The impact on the aviation industry of Covid-19 has prompted calls from the industry for a government bail-out.

Public Health England statistics
Public Health England statistics

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