By KLTV Newsdesk
Kirklees Council advises people to follow the advice being issued by PHE, NHS and local authorities
A presumed positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Kirklees.
This is the first confirmed case of the virus in Kirklees.
Kirklees Council has said they are working closely with Public Health England to minimise risk to the public.
This brings the number of confirmed cases in Yorkshire and the North East to 24.
The current number of confirmed cases in the UK at the time of writing is 373.
Due to patient confidentiality, the council cannot reveal anything about the individual who has been diagnosed.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director for Public Health in Kirklees, said: “We have had our first case of novel coronavirus in Kirklees, something we have been anticipating and preparing for.
“Our thoughts are with the person and we wish them the very best in their recovery. I’d like to reassure residents that we are continuing to work closely with colleagues in the health service to stop the virus spreading.
“Specialists at PHE are taking swift action to follow up with the contacts of all confirmed cases, ensuring they receive the correct medical advice and guidance.
“In the meantime, good hygiene is the very best prevention, and there are some simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves, our families and communities.
“This includes washing hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds, and following NHS advice in relation to coughs and colds – catch the sneeze in a tissue, bin it…and kill the germs.”
Find out more by visiting www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
“The best way to stay informed is to regularly check official advice from organisations such as Public Health England and the Government.”