Newcastle's first case of COVID-19 confirmed

City health bosses have confirmed that one case of COVID-19, known by many as simply the Coronavirus, has been diagnosed in Tyneside.

Grace Dean
4th March 2020

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.

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AUTHOR: Grace Dean
Editor-in-Chief of the Courier 2019/20, News Editor 2018/19, writer since 2016 and German & Business graduate. I've written for all of our sections, but particularly enjoy writing breaking news and data-based investigative pieces. Best known in the office for making tea and blasting out James Blunt. Twitter: @graceldean

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