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Number of people on Tyneside diagnosed with Coronavirus rises to four

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in North Tyneside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in North Tyneside.

North Tyneside Council has released a statement confirming that someone has tested positive for COVID-19.

It brings the total number of people diagnosed on Tyneside to four. A third case of the virus was confirmed in Newcastle on Saturday night.

It is believed that all those with the virus are linked.

Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health, North Tyneside Council, said:

"Our best wishes are with the affected resident and we wish them a full and swift recovery.

The safety of our residents is our top priority and we are continuing to work extremely closely with our colleagues at Public Health England and the NHS to receive specialist advice and help prevent the virus spreading further.

The patient, an adult, is following Public Health England guidance and is self-isolating at home.

We are following national guidance and monitoring any changes and we have structures in place for handling this sort of incident, which we exercise and train for.

We would like to reassure residents and visitors that the risk remains low and North Tyneside is a safe place to live, work and visit.

We will continue to work with our partners to share information with the public and our partners.”

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A total of 273 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Sunday 8 March.
NHS advice Credit: PA

The main advice from Public Health England is to continue washing hands regularly and maintain good hygiene practices.

The authority is pointing people in the direction of the Government's website for the latest official advice.

They council is keen to remind everyone that for most people with coronavirus, they experience symptoms similar to mild flu or a heavy cold.

The RVI Newcastle is one of 5 hospitals in the country that has specialist units for dealing with infectious disease. Credit: PA

It is likely that the latest person to be diagnosed, will be treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The hospital is one of 5 in the country that has specialist units for dealing with infectious disease.

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The case is a resident North Tyneside and 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 cases.

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

– Dr Deb Wilson Consultant in Public Health North East