Coronavirus cases in Derbyshire more than double

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Derbyshire has more than doubled today (Wednesday), according to the latest Public Health England figures.

The county had 12 cases on Tuesday (March 17) but, as of 9am on Wednesday (March 18), there are now 27 in total - an increase of 15 - say PHE following their daily update. 

In addition, there are 11 in neighbouring Derby city.  

It is not yet known how many of the 27 Derbyshire cases are in the High Peak but an updated breakdown of boroughs and districts will be made available in due course here: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/disease-control/coronavirus/cases/cases.aspx

Before Wednesday's update, four of the initial 12 were known to be in the High Peak area. 

In total, in the UK, 2,626 people have tested positive for the virus and there have been 103 deaths - an increase of 32 on Wednesday. Although it is worth noting that not everyone showing symptoms has been tested, therefore the exact figures are likely to be higher. 

Meanwhile, a man in his 80s has become the second person to die in Tameside after testing positive for the virus. 

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