First coronavirus case confirmed in Coventry

The patient, who is unknown at this time, is currently receiving treatment at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

It has been confirmed that a Coventry resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first person known to be diagnosed with the virus in the city.

The patient, who is unknown at this time, is currently receiving treatment at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Public Health England is working closely with their NHS colleagues and Coventry City Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

A joint statement from Public Health England and Coventry City Council stressed that the risk to the general public remains low and that local authorities are working to stop the virus spreading in the city.

Sue Ibbotson, centre director, Public Health England West Midlands, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 who is a resident of Coventry.

“Close contacts will be 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 tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

As of Saturday morning, 21,460 people had been tested for the virus across the entire country, the Department of Health and Social Care said, with 206 confirmed cases.

Across the Midlands, a total of five cases have been confirmed so far: the first case in Leicestershire, the second case in Nottingham and two cases in Staffordshire, plus one case in Coventry.

NHS Coventry and Warwickshire have said they are always well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, and that they have put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest advice from Public Health England recommends people to wash their hands more often than usual, especially when you get home or into work or school; blow your nose, sneeze or cough; and eat or handle food.

Liz Gaulton, director of public health for Coventry City 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 Coventry 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 phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital.”

Coronavirus myths

The World Health Organisation has shared the answers to some of the most common questions and myths surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, they include:

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus, can taking a hot bath.

The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

Hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19.

Antibiotics do not work against coronavirus and, to date, there is no specific medicine recommended for prevention or treatment.

Face masks will make little difference if you’re just walking around town or taking a bus.

For the latest advice on coronavirus and how people can protect themselves, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.