A fourth person in Trafford has tested positive for coronavirus

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A fourth person has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Trafford.

The latest case lives in the same house as one of the three Trafford-based individuals who were confirmed as having the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday.

Public Health England will be contacting those who have been in close contact with the residents and will advise any individuals or workplaces on any action required.

Anyone who is not contacted by Public Health England does not need to take any action at this time other than following the general advice here.

Trafford Council says it is working closely with health colleagues, including NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, to ensure the people in the borough are protected.

The risk to the public remains low, the local authority insists.

The four cases are in addition to the Wythenshawe Hospital patient previously confirmed as having coronavirus.

Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health for Trafford Council, said: “I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public still remains low. Trafford has strong infection control arrangements in place and we are working with health colleagues in the NHS to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Trafford 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 countries and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS’s 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.”

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