First confirmed Covid-19 case in Cheshire East - in Macclesfield area

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Cheshire East and the individual is located in the Macclesfield area

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "Cheshire East Council has been made aware of a case of Covid-19 within the borough and is working with partners.

"We are in regular contact with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England to ensure that the very latest protocols are adhered to.

"The current advice for travellers is that if you have been to one of the countries highlighted by PHE, you should follow the instructions on their website – please don't go to your GP or local walk-in centre/A&E.

"Advice on how people can protect themselves can be found online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

"Prevention is always better than cure, so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way for people to protect themselves from Covid-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach to coughs and sneezes. As the situation develops guidance is updated daily."

An NHS spokesperson said: "Following the announcement that an individual in the Macclesfield area has been confirmed as having the coronavirus, Public Health England (PHE) is working in partnership with Cheshire East Council.

"Patients and staff can be reassured that their safety is the top priority and patients are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual."

'A spokesperson for the Council said "Cheshire East Council, PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities, which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

"We advise people to follow the advice being issued by PHE, NHS and local authorities.

"We cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality and would strongly advise any members of the press to not door-knock on any individual doors where people are confirmed or self-isolating."

Details on testing are published daily at 2pm and includes a breakdown of negative and positive tests.

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