The 12 new patients, from West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, London, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire, bring the UK total to 35 confirmed cases. Follow our latest updates below.
Coronavirus updates as West Yorkshire case confirmed
Last updated: Sunday, 01 March, 2020, 16:51
- Patients from West Yorkshire are among the latest confirmed UK cases of coronavirus
- Latest cases had travelled to Italy and Iran
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces battle plan for virus
West Yorkshire among latest string of confirmed cases
Some 12 new patients with confirmed Covid-19 were identified in England and confirmed today, bringing the total number of UK cases to 35. 33 of these are in England. It is understood West Yorkshire is among the locations the patients are from.
BREAKING: Coronavirus patients from Leeds and Bradford
Three patients from West Yorkshire have tested positive for Covid-19. Two of them are from Leeds who became infected while travelling to Iran, the third case, from Bradford, is not connected to the other two, Public Health England has confirmed.
Full statement from Public Health England
Dr Simon Padfield, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in West Yorkshire. One of the cases is a resident of Bradford who became infected whilst in Italy and the other two cases are residents of Leeds who both became infected whilst in Iran. The case in Bradford is not linked to the two cases in Leeds. 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.”
Joint statement released by Leeds and Bradford councils
Directors of public health for Leeds City Council and Bradford Council, Victoria Eaton and Sarah Muckle said: “We would like to send our best wishes to those affected as they continue their recovery. Leeds and Bradford have robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system. The councils are 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 Leeds and Bradford remains low and the cities are very much open for business. In the meantime, it is important to follow good hygiene practices and if you show symptoms please ring NHS 111 rather than ring your GP or go to a hospital. For the latest advice visit gov.uk/coronavirus. Leeds City Council and Bradford Council will continue to work with Public Health England to share timely and relevant information with the public and our partners. Please refer only to official sources for updates. The latest national information and advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus”
Matt Hancock reassures public
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government, which has announced a battle plan for tackling coronavirus should a pandemic be declared, is still hopeful of containing the disease.
Mr Hancock told Sky News today: "The plan is very clear. Firstly, it is to contain the virus. That's the stage we're in now, we hope that we can succeed in doing that."
He added that the public should continue to "go about their ordinary business" for the time being.
"So long as people are washing their hands and taking the precautions that are set out, that is the right thing to do."