Councillor Phil Bateman said today “Here is the latest news relating to COVID-19 infection.
Just a briefing to keep you all informed of what is happening, the adviceis good and it is
regular. We need as a community to follow it.”
Yesterday (7 March 2020) the UK Chief Medical Officer confirmed that 206 patients had tested positive for COVID-19 infection in the UK.
One of the new cases announced today (8 March 2020) is a resident of Wolverhampton.
Public Health England is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.
We will not be commenting further on the details of this particular case due to the need to protect patient confidentiality.
PHE and the NHS are well-prepared to deal with coronavirus and the priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
The UK is well prepared for these types of incidents and there is rapid and effective testing undertaken by PHE for this virus. The NHS has expert teams of highly-trained staff and specialist hospital units around the country ready to receive and care for any patients with any highly infectious disease. The NHS adheres to the highest safety standards for the protection of its staff, patients and the public.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website and nhs.uk.