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Coronavirus Kent: Cases in county rise to 11 as Boris Johnson announces 'delay' phase of plan

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There are now 11 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Kent, up from seven yesterday.

The latest figures came as the Government announced it was moving into the 'Delay' phase of its efforts to contain the virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Picture: Alastair Grant/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Picture: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

Countrywide the number of confirmed cases rose from 456 to 590, with eight people having so far died from the disease.

In a press conference this afternoon Boris Johnson announced that anyone with mild fever symptoms should stay at home for seven days, and the government is advising elderly people with pre-existing conditions against cruises and advising against international school trips.

Schools will not close and for now big events will not be cancelled, but advice could change in the coming weeks, with whole families potentially being told to self-isolate if one member has symptoms.

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The prime minister said the advice was "guided by science," and urged people to use NHS websites for advice rather than 111.

He called it the "worst public health crisis of a generation" and warned families will lose "many more loved ones".

Medical experts say up to 80% could be infected in a worst-case scenario while at the moment as many as 10,000 could have the virus despite confirmed cases being 6% of that figure.

The UK is expecting the peak in 10 to 14 weeks.

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