New North East case of coronavirus confirmed by health chiefs

A new case of coronavirus has been confirmed by North East health chiefs.

By Fiona Thompson
Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:09 pm
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:09 pm

It has been confirmed that a Gateshead resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home.

The town’s council said it had expected the development and is working with Public Health England and NHS colleagues to help plan and manage the situation.

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People have been told to clean their hands to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The confirmation brings the number of confirmed cases across the region to 14, with five in Newcastle, three in North Tyneside, two in Stockton and one in Sunderland, County Durham and Redcar and Cleveland.

Alice Wiseman, director of public health for Gateshead, said: “Gateshead has one confirmed case of COVID-19 and we want to wish the affected person a speedy recovery.

“I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public currently remains low and Gateshead Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to delay the spread of the virus within our communities.

“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 new symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started.

“It is really important that in order to protect others, you don’t go to your doctor, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

“There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and others online at”