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Seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Cambridgeshire as health secretary says over-70s will soon be asked to self-isolate




The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cambridgeshire has grown by three for the second day running and now totals seven.

Public Health England statistics showed 1,391 confirmed cases across the UK, as of 9am on Sunday (March 15), up 330 on the previous day.

A ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Picture: Keith Heppell
A ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Picture: Keith Heppell

Thirty-five people have now died, most of them aged over 60 and with underlying health conditions.

Some 1,099 cases have been confirmed in England, with 153 in Scotland, 94 in Wales and 45 in Northern Ireland.

The number of confirmed cases by region is:

  • London: 407
  • South East: 175
  • Midlands: 94
  • North East and Yorkshire: 91
  • North West: 76
  • East of England: 71
  • South West: 61

The government has acknowledged that the real number of cases will be far higher than those confirmed.

The focus for testing has switched to those most badly affected, meaning those self-isolating at home with mild symptoms will not undergo a test.

Anyone needing hospital treatment for pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or a flu-like illness will be tested, and tests will also be carried out where an outbreak occurs in a residential or care setting, such as a long-term care facility or prison.

Health secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that the over-70s and people with certain health conditions would soon be asked to self-isolate, without clarifying for how long.

Emergency legislation will be brought forward on Tuesday by the government to help it tackle the virus.

Hand-washing and keeping two metres (6ft) from people remain crucial in stopping the spread of Covid-19, say health authorities.

Meanwhile, there were queues to get into some supermarkets in Cambridgeshire on Sunday, with many introducing limits on the number of certain products that can be purchased to prevent supplies running out as shoppers stockpiled.

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