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Coronavirus: Five cases confirmed in Camden

More cases expected as Covid-19 epidemic looms

10 March, 2020

HEALTH officials have now counted five positive cases of coronavirus in Camden, according to updated charts released today (Tuesday).

Public Health England is now regularly publishing a tally of positive tests for each council jurisdiction so far. On Monday, Camden had two cases but now the total stands at five, with more expected to be registered in the coming days.

Neighbouring boroughs are also recording new infections: Barnet has had eight cases so far, Westminster has dealt with three and Brent has seen three. Haringey and Islington have registered one case each.


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Experts are now predicting the UK’s peak for coronavirus infections could be reached within 14 days, although coronavirus could be spreading through the country for several months. New measures to predict elderly and vulnerable residents, forecast to be worst affected by Covid-19, are expected imminently with the government preparing to move from a ‘contain’ strategy to ‘delay’ tactics. The idea then would be to spread the rate of infections closer to warmer months to relieve the pressure on the health system.

England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said: “We can expect a peak in cases, it has a relatively slow take off at the start, that’s where we are at the moment, it will start to rise quite sharply.”

Advice from Public Health England remains to wash hands with hot, soapy water and to avoid touching the face. Anybody with possible symptoms should call 111 rather than head to GP surgeries or walk-in centres.

More than 100,000 people have been infected around the world since coronavirus emerged in China during the closing weeks of 2019. There have been close to 4,000 deaths globally, including six registered in the UK. All of the patients who died here had underlying health issues,

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