Coronavirus latest: Number of patients in Islington reaches 66
Tuesday, 24th March 2020
THE number of people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in Islington has reached 66 as of 9am Wednesday (March 25), though the number is likely to be higher.
The number of diagnosed cases in the borough has risen by seven since yesterday (March 24)
Town Hall and mutual aid groups have joined forces to launch a Covid-19 helpline and have called on residents to volunteer and offer donations to help “save lives”.
So far, 422 people have died from the virus in the UK, with 8,070 cases reported nationwide.
Only the seriously ill are currently being tested for the virus, with anyone showing symptoms being asked to stay at home.
Symptoms to look out for include a fever or a persistent, dry cough.
Current government advice:
Schools have now shut to children other than those of key workers.
The Prime Minister announced on Monday evening stricter measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Government said they would with immediate effect:
- Close all shops selling non-essential goods
- Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public
- Stop all social events including weddings, but excluding funerals.
You are now only permitted to leave your home to:
- shop for necessities as infrequently as possible
- exercise once a day
- If you have a medical need
- travel to work, if you work in a critical industry like the NHS
For more coverage of how the virus is impacting on life in Islington, you can follow our updates here.