Coronavirus update: Hospital deaths in Bucks rise to 68

The number of reported deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in Buckinghamshire has risen to 68, up three from yesterday.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 4:56 pm

There have now been 691 positive tests for coronavirus in the county (not including Milton Keynes), but as testing has largely only been available for those seriously ill in hospital the number of people who have actually contracted the virus is expected to be far higher.

Across the country, a further 616 have died from the disease in hospital, taking the total to 18,738 in seven weeks.

Globally, at least 2,671,787 people have been infected with coronavirus and 186,449 have sadly died.

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Coronavirus (covid-19)

The latest Government lockdown restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus mean that you should only leave your home 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

You should also ensure that you are always at least two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Other precautions recommended by the NHS are:

- 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