Coronavirus update: 29 new cases in Herts as UK total nears 100,000

There have been 29 new reported cases of coronavirus in Hertfordshire in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,552.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 4:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 4:30 pm

As of 2:30pm on 14 April there had been 1,156 deaths in the East of England NHS region, which includes Hertfordshire, from coronavirus.

The death toll across the whole of the UK has risen by 761, taking the total to 12,868 since 5 March.

Almost 100,000 people (98,476 to be exact) have now tested positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom but less than 1% of the population has been tested so the true number is expected to be far higher.

Coronavirus (covid-19)

Globally over 2 million people are known to have contracted coronavirus (again the actual number of infections will likely be considerably higher) and 129,099 have died from the disease.

The latest Government lockdown restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus mean that you should only leave your home for one of the four following reasons:

- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

You should also ensure that you are always at least two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Other precautions recommended by the NHS are:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds

- Wash your hands as soon as you get home

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands

- Not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean