Coronavirus: Schools close, Aylesbury MP speaks, Bucks cases hits 27

The Government has announced that schools will close across the UK from Friday "until further notice" due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, 19th March 2020, 1:18 pm

On Tuesday we reported that The Mandeville School in Aylesbury had taken it upon themselves to partially close due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now closure is set to be enforced upon every school in the country.

It was revealed yesterday that 676 new cases have been confirmed in the UK, with 33 more people dying in 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Buckinghamshire has increased to 27.

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The number of cases in the UK is now 2,626, with 108 people known to have died from coronavirus.

It is estimated that there are actually in excess of 50,000 cases in the UK.

Globally, 226,517 people have tested positive for the disease with 9,285 deaths.

At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, the MP for Aylesbury Rob Butler asked for assurances from the Government that it would do whatever was needed to “save lives” in its response to the crisis. That article is here.

World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus symptoms graphic

The Bucks Herald has written to both the local authority and the NHS asking for updates on preparedness in the region and we will publish these as and when we receive them.

We are running a live blog to keep you up to date about how local events and businesses are effected and this can be found here.

Further afield it was announced yesterday that Glastonbury and the Eurovision Song Contest have been postponed.

In another move, the Government has said it intends to conduct 25,000 coronavirus tests a day. The number is currently around 5,000 a day.

Also, all 50 states in America revealed that they are afflicted by coronavirus.

To minimise your risk of catching coronavirus the NHS advises the following:

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- always wash your hands when you get home or into work

- 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards

- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean