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'Likely' positive case of coronavirus identified at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

A likely case of Coronavirus has been identified at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Credit: PA

A "likely" positive case of Coronavirus has been identified at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the hospital has confirmed in a statement.

The case was identified on one of the isolation wards and a ‘contact tracing’ exercise is now underway at the hospital to track down any staff who may have had close contact with the patient.

Anyone who has had contact with the patient will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency phone numbers to call if they become unwell over the next fortnight, a hospital spokesperson confirmed.

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The spokesperson also said that, as things stand, patients with appointments should still come to the hospital.

"Patients with appointments or who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital," Medical director, Dr Ashley Shaw, said.

"It is very important to protect yourself by following the well-publicised guidance for hand-washing. Please also be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. These are the best steps that you can take that will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19."

A paramedic at the East of England Ambulance Service has tested positive. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Meanwhile, a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service has also tested positive for the virus.

According to an NHS spokesperson, the paramedic lives in Hertfordshire.

The spokesperson also confirmed that the NHS and Public Health England are taking "all necessary steps to manage the situation."

"The Chief Medical Officer today confirmed a further case of Covid-19 who is a resident of Hertfordshire and a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST)," the statement read.

"There are well-established procedures that are being followed in a case such as this and the NHS and Public Health England are taking all necessary steps to manage the situation."

The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in Wisbech will shut for six weeks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In further news, the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in Wisbech will be shut for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The museum will close on Monday March 23 until Friday May 1.

Trustees at the museum will then reassess their stance in May when they know more about the situation.

“It is important to make clear that this is a precautionary measure to protect visitors, volunteers and staff and not a shutdown because of a suspected case," said a museum spokesman.

The 2020 Essex International Jamboree, an international Scout and Guiding gathering which takes place near Chelmsford every four years, has also been cancelled over fears about coronavirus.

Around 9,000 people were expected to attend the event between 1 and 8 August.

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