Coronavirus update: Bucks cases almost double in a week as PM is taken to hospital

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Buckinghamshire has almost doubled in a week, climbing from 140 last Monday to 268 today.
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On Friday, Buckinghamshire Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Health and Culture, Gareth Williams, released a statement imploring residents and businesses to follow the Government's instructions in order to fight the spread of the virus.

Mr Williams said: "Let's remain resolute. Stay at home and stay closed to protect ourselves and others, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

It was also announced on Friday that parts of Stoke Mandeville Stadium had been turned into a 240-bed facility for those recovering from the disease who are not quite ready to return home.

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Across the country the death toll has continued to rise over the weekend with more than 1,300 people sadly passing away. 4,934 people have now died from coronavirus in the UK.

47,806 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK since the outbreak emerged, but since only a 0.3% of the population has currently been tested it is expected the true number is far higher.

On Sunday evening it was revealed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been taken to hospital with “persistent symptoms” of the disease having tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday 27 March.

Globally, 1.3 million people are known to have contracted coronavirus with 70,182 people dying from the disease.

The latest NHS advice to help stop the spread of coronavirus is that you should only leave the house for one of the four following reasons:

- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

- Ensure you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household

You should also:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds

- Wash your hands as soon as you get home

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands

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

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