UPDATE: There are 141 new cases of COVID-19 in Hertfordshire today

Coronavirus cases in Hertfordshire rise to 833 in 24 hours

Sunday, 5th April 2020, 5:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th April 2020, 5:40 pm

As of today (Sunday) Hertfordshire has had a total of 833 diagnosed cases of the potentially deadly virus.

The figures released from Public Health England show 141 new cases in the last 24 hours.

But the true number of cases is thought to be far higher with many people not being tested.

There are 141 new cases of COVID-19 in Hertfordshire today

It means Hertfordshire has the fourth highest number of cases by Upper Tier Local Authorities (UTLA) and NHS Regions.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases now stands at 47,806. The number of deaths has been recorded as 5,914, rising by 621 - according to Public Health England.

The figures for the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 have not been released by Public Health England.

The new figures were recorded between 5pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust declared a critical incident yesterday afternoon (Saturday), and had asked people not to attend Watford General Hospital. The Trust stood down its critical incident at 10.30pm last night and patients were able to attend the hospital as usual.

In a statement on the website it says: "The issues experienced today have been resolved and a safe level of oxygen was maintained throughout the duration of the incident. The trust is grateful to neighbouring hospitals and to the ambulance service and the police for their support today."

Deputy chief executive Helen Brown said: "We know that our NHS colleagues and the police are exceptionally busy at the moment, but this didn’t stop them stepping in to help. They were quick to respond and together – as one team – we kept our site and our patients safe."

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

- Stay at home

- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

- Wash your hands as soon as you get home

- Do not meet others, even friends or family.

- You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

The Queen is to address the nation at 8pm on radio and TV on tonight (Sunday).

In what is only her fourth public address for a crisis in her 68-year reign, the Queen will deliver a message on the coronavirus pandemic

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