The number of confirmed people infected with coroanvirus in Bristol remains at 12.
Doctors are only testing the most severe cases, so while the official figure has not increased it’s likely the real number has continued to rise.
South Gloucestershire now has 12 positive tests, up from nine yesterday (March 18). North Somerset still only has four.
Public Health England reported the UK’s death toll has risen to 144, up from 103 the previous day.
As of 9am today (March 19), there were 3,269 confirmed cases.
Boris Johnson has said he thinks we can “turn the tide” on the virus in 12 weeks if we stick to government advice.
People have now been urged to avoid social contact, stay clear of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants and work from home – if possible.
Schools and nurseries are set for the foreseeable future tomorrow for every child apart from those with parents who are considered ‘key workers ‘.
And police and fire services have declared a major incident in Bristol as all authorities are facing ‘reduced staffing levels and an increase in demand’.
Advice to prevent spread of virus
In most cases coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – is mild but everyone should carry on with good washing of hands and related personal hygiene measures, which include:
- Give your hands a good wash – it is the most effective action you can take. Use soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and washing your hands afterwards
- It is good general practice to use cleaning wipes to give your keyboard, desk, phone etc. the once over on a regular basis.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.