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Coronavirus: Four more cases confirmed in North Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Four more cases confirmed in North Yorkshire

Published by May Norman at 6:47am 13th March 2020.

Joseph Hook, Data Reporter

Coronavirus cases diagnosed in North Yorkshire increase to FOUR

  • Four people in North Yorkshire have been confirmed as having coronavirus.
  • Public Health England has released new figures.
  • The first positive case in the county was confirmed yesterday afternoon.
  • There are currently 590 cases in the UK - 3 in York, 7 in Leeds and 3 in Bradford.

The first four cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in North Yorkshire, official figures show.

It comes as senior government ministers met to discuss the next steps for dealing with the spread of the virus.

Public Health England figures show that four people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday (March 12) in North Yorkshire.

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in North Yorkshire was revealed yesterday.

​They were among the 44 cases recorded across the North East and Yorkshire, a figure which rose by 12 over the 24-hour period.

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Across the UK, 590 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Thursday (12 March), up from 456 at the same point on Wednesday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show.

In total, 29,764 people had been tested, and eight patients had died.

The UK has moved onto the next stage of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as experts and politicians accepted it could no longer be contained.

The shift, which could see restrictions imposed in an effort to delay the spread of the disease, was confirmed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee chaired by Boris Johnson.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“The decision has been taken that we have now moved from a contain phase into the delay phase where the objective is to seek to slow down the spread of the virus, to reduce the numbers who will be infected at the peak, the number infected at any one time.”

Early on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on all travel to the US from continental Europe.

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said there is not currently the evidence to suggest that imposing travel bans will have any effect on the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Sunak told the BBC on Thursday that the Government will take the “right steps at the right time”, but there is not yet the evidence to support a move to close borders in the UK or put travel restrictions in place.

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Isolation pods can be found at Harrogate District Hospital

Elsewhere, schools, colleges and childcare centres in Ireland are to close for two weeks in an unprecedented lockdown.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said large indoor and outdoor gatherings should be cancelled, while the country’s army is ready to respond to requests for emergency help.

Major sporting events, including this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, tennis's ATP Tour and Manchester City's Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday, were also postponed.

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