Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lancashire

Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lancashire as the total number of UK cases reaches 1,543.

According to the latest figures published by Public Health England, two further cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Lancashire.

There are now eight confirmed cases in areas managed by Lancashire County Council, and three cases in Blackpool Council managed areas as of today (March 16).

Three cases have been confirmed in Chorley, two in South Ribble, and one in Fylde.

Two further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lancashire. (Credit: Getty)

Information about the latest confirmed cases has not yet been released to the public.

The total of confirmed cases in the UK has now reached 1,543.

55 people in the UK have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the need for "drastic action" to tackle the "fast growth" of coronavirus across the UK as increased social distancing measures are introduced for the population.

As part of the measures, anyone living in a household with somebody who has either a persistent cough or fever must now also isolate themselves for 14 days.

All people should avoid gatherings and crowded places, while people who are vulnerable - including those are elderly - will need to undertake even more drastic measures.

The Prime Minister said that according to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) "it looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve" in the number of cases.

"Without drastic action cases could double every five or six days," he said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We all have a role to play in spotting this disease and that’s what this expanded campaign is all about - making sure the public knows exactly what they should be doing to keep themselves and others safe.

“Washing hands regularly is the single most important thing that an individual can do.”