The first case of coronavirus in Leicestershire has been confirmed today.
The person is a student at Loughborough University and has recently returned from Italy. They have been in self-isolation and kept away from campus since Tuesday.
Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with Leicestershire County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.
Anyone who has had close contact with the student is being contacted by Public Health England.
Close contacts are being 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 will minimise the risk to them and the wider public.
Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Leicestershire County Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and the local authority is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Leicestershire are protected.”
“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 and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
“If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111 for further advice straight away.”
“Please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online.”
“Leicestershire County Council, PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.“
“To date, 20,338 people have been tested in the UK, with 163 positive cases. We advise people to follow the advice being issued by PHE, NHS and local authorities.”