Number of coronavirus cases in Bucks jumps to 39 as global deaths exceed 10,000

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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Buckinghamshire has increased to 39. Yesterday we reported that two people had died at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Two people also died at Wycombe Hospital.

At his daily press briefing on Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson focused on the importance of people following the advice on social distancing, saying it could save many thousands of lives.

Mr Johnson said: "We can turn the tide in the next 12 weeks. I'm absolutely confident we can send coronavirus packing in this country but only if we all take the steps we have outlined."

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There are now 3,269 confirmed cases in the UK. 144 people have died.

Based on population, Buckinghamshire is the 37th worst hit area out of 167 upper tier authorities that have provided data, as of 19 March.

Globally the number of people who have contracted coronavirus is now 246,522, with 10,049 known to have died.

In some good news, China reported no new cases on Wednesday for the first time since the outbreak began there in December last year.

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The latest NHS advice on minimising the chances of contracting coronavirus are:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often and 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) if you cough or sneeze

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

- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

- Only travel on public transport if you need to

- Work from home, if you can

- Avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

- Avoid events with large groups of people

- Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

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

- Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family