The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Staffordshire remains at four – according to the county council.
In their update this evening – Thursday March 12 – Staffordshire County Council said there were still only four people who had tested positive for COVID-19 as of 9am today.
There are a total of 590 cases confirmed in the UK – including 44 in the Midlands – although the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance believes between 5,000 and 10,000 people are so far likely to be affected.
No cases have yet been reported in Stoke-on-Trent or Cheshire East.
Elsewhere in Cheshire two cases have been confirmed in the Cheshire West and Chester area and another in Warrington.
In other counties and local authorities bordering Staffordshire there are five confirmed cases in Derbyshire (four in Derbyshire and one in Derby) two confirmed cases in Shropshire, four in Leicestershire (two in Leicester and two in Leicestershire), four in Wolverhampton, one in Dudley and two in Birmingham.
Ten people who have tested positive for the virus have died in the UK – with all of them having underlying health conditions.
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care said: “Staffordshire County Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the people of Staffordshire are protected.
“The Government has now moved to the ‘delay’ phase of their plan, which includes extra measures to protect the more vulnerable in our society in particular.
“For many of us, this means taking a few extra precautions, such as self-isolating for seven days if we are experiencing flu-like symptoms, but the message is loud and clear that the most effective way to reduce the risk is still to follow good basic hygiene, and washing hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
“With the new measures now in place, I would also advise businesses and residents to think about how this will affect them, and prepare for any further measures should they become necessary.”
At a press conference this afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government had moved from the ‘contain’ to ‘delay’ phase of its plan to tackle the pandemic.
The new measures from the Government include:
- People who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have a new or persistent cough symptoms and/or temperature of 37.8C and above are being asked to self-isolate for seven days.
- Schools are to remain open, but international school trips will be cancelled
- People over 70 are being advised not to go on cruises
Despite the fact schools are remaining closed, thousands of Staffordshire residents have signed a petition calling for them to be closed.
Schools in the Republic of Ireland and other European countries have closed – and UK nationals have been barred from travelling to the Czech Republic.