A third case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Bristol

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A third case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Bristol – while the first case has emerged in South Gloucestershire.

North Bristol NHS Trust has said a patient who has tested positive for coronavirus has been admitted to Southmead Hospital.

At the same time, latest data by Public Health England (PHE) – which publishes a daily list providing a break-down of where the disease cases are – show the virus has also spread to South Gloucestershire.

The number of confirmed cases in Bristol has increased to three, according to PHE, while North Somerset has none.

North Bristol NHS Trust said the patient with coronavirus at Southmead Hospital was being cared for in their specialist infectious diseases unit in isolated conditions.

There was no risk to other patients, visitors and staff and our services are running as normal, the NHS trust said.

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North Bristol NHS trust deputy chief executive Evelyn Barker said: “We have highly experienced doctors, nurses and other staff who are appropriately trained and equipped to deal with this effectively.”

Bristol City Council has been contacted for comment.

A total of 44 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the south west by PHE.

Across the UK, some 456 people have been infected, with the death toll being six.

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Covid-19 has this afternoon been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, said in a press briefing this afternoon that there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

He said: “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly.

“It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”

Prime Minster Boris Johnson has previously called for a ‘national effort’ to tackle the outbreak.

“Containment is very unlikely to work on its own and that is why we are making preparations for a move to the delay phase,” he said at a press conference in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson also warned against panic buying and stockpiling as members of the public rushed to get hold of certain food and items, including toilet paper and hand sanitiser.

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