New case of coronavirus confirmed in Blackpool
A new case of Covid-19 has been confirmed by Public Health England, bringing the total number of cases to four in Blackpool.
Figures released by Public Health England reveal that one new case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Blackpool.
There are now 15 confirmed cases in areas managed by Lancashire County Council, four in Blackpool, and one Blackburn with Darwen case as of today (March 18).
This brings the total number of cases to 20 in the county.
Information about the latest confirmed cases has not yet been released to the public.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has jumped to 2,626 in the UK, making it the biggest daily leap yet with 676 new confirmed cases in 24 hours.
104 people in the UK have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
It's believed around 55,000 people in the UK may potentially have coronavirus and the aim is for fewer than 20,000 people to die from it, the Government's chief scientific adviser has said.
Globally the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus have passed 200,000 and more than 8,000 people have died.
Schools in England will close on Friday “until further notice” for the majority of pupils, the Government announced this evening.
Only the children of ‘key workers’ – the likes of NHS medics, social workers, police officers, and supermarket delivery drivers – and vulnerable youngsters with social workers will attend classes.
Nurseries and colleges will also be asked to shut down, with financial help offered, while there are plans to feed those who get free school meals, Boris Johnson said.
Mr Johnson urged parents not to leave children in the care of grandparents or older relatives who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.