Latest government advice on coronavirus and areas hit as cases in UK reach 163

The UK has 163 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases, up from 116 recorded yesterday.

On Thursday a woman in her 70s became the first person to die in the country after catching the flu-like virus.

A man in his 80s, who had underlying health conditions, is feared to have become the second person to die in the UK.

He was being treated at Milton Keynes Hospital in Buckinghamshire and samples taken from him are being tested for Covid-19.

Scotland reported five more cases and two British Airways baggage handlers, who work at Heathrow Airport, have tested positive for the killer bug.

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Where are the latest cases?

Five new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Scotland, health officials said on Friday.

The new Covid-19 cases are in two in Fife, and one each in Grampian, Forth Valley and Lothian health board areas, the Scottish Government said in an update.

In London, more than 1,200 staff at commodity pricing agency S&P Global Platts' office in Canary Wharf have been ordered to work from home after a visitor was later diagnosed with Covid-19.

A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Bristol following the news 15 people across the south west have contracted the virus.

The person was infected while in northern Italy and has been self-isolating at home since their return.

Both Bristol City Council and Public Health England confirmed the news this afternoon (March 6) in a joint statement,  Bristol Live reports.


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A full breakdown of the coronavirus cases by area

Here is a breakdown:

– 29 in London

– 24 in the South East

– 22 in the South West

– 21 in the North West

– 13 in the North East and Yorkshire

– 12 in the Midlands

– 11 in the East of England

– 15 to be determined

Scotland's 11 cases are in:

– 3 in Grampian

– 2 in Fife

– 2 in Forth Valley

– 1 in Lothian

– 1 in Ayrshire and Arran

– 1 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde

– 1 in Tayside

Northern Ireland has had three cases.

Wales has had two.

Facebook closes three London offices

Facebook is closing its London offices after an employee was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The company will be shutting three of its offices in the UK capital until Monday after the employee who is based in Singapore visited between 24-26 February.

Staff are being told to work from home as a deep clean takes place.

Facebook is thought to have around 3,000 employees in London.

It is not clear how many people had come into contact with the employee who has tested positive, but Facebook said it had been in contact with them all.

These people have been told to self-isolate and watch out incase they develop any symptoms.

A spokesperson for Facebook told Sky News : "An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices 24-26 February 2020.

"We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then."

Latest advice for returning travellers

People who have returned to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days are being told to stay indoors and avoid contact with others, even if they do not have symptoms: Iran, Hubei province in China, lockdown areas in northern Italy, special care zones in South Korea.

The government says people should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if they have travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild: mainland China outside of Hubei province, Italy outside of the lockdown areas, South Korea outside of the special care zones, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Government guidance says: "Use the  111 online coronavirus service  to find out what to do next.

"Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

"In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

"In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

"In Northern Ireland call 111."

The number of people infected with coronavirus across the world surpassed 100,000 today as the outbreak reached more countries.

An increasing number of people faced a new reality as many were asked to stay home from work, schools were closed, large gatherings and events were cancelled, stores cleared of staples like toiletries and water, and face masks became a common sight.

The outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people and spread across more than 90 nations, with six countries reporting their first cases on Friday.

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