City health bosses have this afternoon confirmed that one case of COVID-19, known by many as simply the Coronavirus, has been diagnosed in Tyneside.
Public Health England has been contacting people who have come into contact with the individual who will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details.
Director of Public Health for Newcastle City Council, Prof Eugene Milne, said: “Newcastle has robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system.
“The council is working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.
“As such, the risk to people living, working, studying and visiting Newcastle remains low and the cities are very much open for business.”
Citizens have been advised to continue observe good hygiene practices and to ring NHS 111 if they show symptoms rather than ringing their GP or going to hospital. The latest advice can be found on gov.uk/coronavirus.
85 cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed across the UK.
Last modified: 4th March 2020