The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bristol has remained at one, Bristol City Council has clarified amid conflicting reports.
It was reported on Friday, March 6 that a person living in Bristol became infected while in northern Italy and has been self-isolating at home since their return.
Both the council and Public Health England (PHE) confirmed the news in a joint statement, saying the risk to the general public remains low.
In its latest update yesterday, PHE said the number of cases in Bristol had now risen to two.
However, the council has told Bristol Live this morning this figure was actually an error and there is still only one confirmed case in the city.
The overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK rose from 206 to 273 today on Sunday – an increase of 67 and currently the biggest increase of cases in a day.
More than 23,000 people have been tested in the UK and two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
Public Health England has been contacted for comment.
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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms include fever and cough that can progress to severe pneumonia. This can cause shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
The virus causes more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
How can I prevent it?
In most cases, Covid-19 is mild but everyone should carry on with good washing of hands and related personal hygiene measures, which include:
- Giving your hands a good wash with soap and water is the most effective action you can take (but hand gels can be a good substitute).
- Maintaining personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing is also important – use a tissue rather your hands and then throw it away.
- It is good general practice to use cleaning wipes to give your keyboard, desk, phone etc. the once over on a regular basis.
If someone is feeling unwell and has the symptoms set out on the public health website they should not go to their doctors or a hospital. They should ring 111 to get further advice.