Four further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wolverhampton today (Friday 13 March, 2020).

It brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – in the city to 9.

Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England West Midlands, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4 of whom are in Wolverhampton. 

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

New guidance announced by the Government last night requires anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus infection – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) – to stay at home for 7 days from the point that their symptoms first started. 

This will help protect others in the community whilst the individual is infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 

The updated government advice is available at Coronavirus.

John Denley, Director of Public Health for the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health partners at a regional and national level to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Wolverhampton are protected.

“It's really important that everyone follows the latest guidance announced last night about staying at home if you show even the slightest symptoms of coronavirus. For most people who get coronavirus, it will be a mild infection, but we all have a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in society.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time and, if you cough, to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of it immediately.”

There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at Coronavirus. For further information and advice, please also visit Coronavirus advice and information.