Two more cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Greater Manchester today bringing the total to eleven across the region since Sunday.
Both cases were reported in Wigan and are unrelated
Professor Kate Ardern, director of public health at Wigan c ouncil, said: “We have received confirmation of two unrelated COVID-19 cases in Wigan borough.
“We are working closely with Public Health England and the NHS to prevent further spread of the virus and we will share timely and relevant information with the public.
“In the meantime, we continue to remind residents to follow good hygiene practices and if you show any symptoms, please ring 111.”
Trafford Council have issued the following statement this afternoon
“ All three people are self-isolating at home in line with medical guidance. Public Health England is contacting those who have been in close contact with them. Anyone who is not contacted by PHE does not need to take any action at this time.”
The first death in the UK from the virus has been announced-The elderly patient in Berkshire had underlying health conditions
Meanwhile health officials are moving towards the second phase of their response to the coronavirus outbreak outlined by Downing Street on Tuesday.
In the “delay” phase measures will be ramped up to slow the spread of the virus, the country’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said.
People who are elderly or have pre-existing conditions could be advised to stay away from crowds as the outbreak progresses Prof Whitty added
Prof Whitty also said there was “no need” for members of the public to stockpile food or medicine, adding that the outbreak would be a “marathon not a sprint”.
“There is nothing in the current environment that would rationally lead someone to want to go out and stock up on stuff,” he added.