Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the three residents of Wiltshire who are confirmed cases of COVID-19,  Debra Lapthorne, Centre Director, Public Health England South West, has said. They became infected in Northern Italy. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases.

“This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public,” Debra added.

Tracy Daszkiewicz, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire Council, said: “I can confirm that three adults have been notified as having coronavirus and are self-isolating at home. The three cases are known to each other and are linked following a trip to Northern Italy. If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

Her advice is: If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111 for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus