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Coronavirus: Leicestershire resident diagnosed

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A resident of Leicestershire is among the latest people to be diagnosed with coronavirus, taking the total today (Saturday, March 7) to 206 UK cases.

Health officials are seeking those who have come into contact with the Leicestershire patient, but are keen to reassure people not wo worry.

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 who is a resident of Leicestershire.

People who catch coronavirus should self-isolate
People who catch coronavirus should self-isolate

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

No cases in Rutland have been announced by Public Health England.

Lincolnshire and Peterborough residents diagnosed with coronavirus

Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Leicestershire County Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and the local authority is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Leicestershire are protected.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

“If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111 for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.”

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