Dr Alison Barnett, Centre Director, Public Health England South East, said: “We can today confirm that two further cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Surrey. This brings the total number of cases in the county to four.
“Both new cases are people who have recently travelled to an affected area abroad, and they are related to each other. Public Health England (PHE) are in contact with them in order to assess their recent movements.“Any 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 case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”
It was announced today that as of 9am, 20,338 people have been tested in the UK, of which 20,175 were confirmed negative and 163 were confirmed as positive.
Interim Director of Public Health for Surrey County Council, Ruth Hutchinson, said: “Surrey County Council is working closely with health colleagues, Public Health England and other local partners to ensure the correct information and advice is being shared across the County, in order to best protect the people of Surrey.
“As everyone will have heard, good hygiene is the most effective prevention method so please continue to wash hands regularly, with soap and water, and if you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
“If you have recently travelled abroad to one of the affected countries and are feeling at all unwell, you should stay at home and phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice. Please do not go to your doctor or hospital.”
For all the latest information and advice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For the latest government statement please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
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