THE FIRST case of coronavirus has been identified in Kirklees.
The exact location of the patient has not been revealed, but council officials say they are working closely with Public Health England to minimise risk to the public.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, director for public health in Kirklees, said: “We have had our first case of novel coronavirus in Kirklees, something we have been anticipating and preparing for.
“Our thoughts are with the person and we wish them the very best in their recovery. I’d like to reassure residents that we are continuing to work closely with colleagues in the health service to stop the virus spreading.
“Specialists at Public Health England are taking swift action to follow up with the contacts of all confirmed cases, ensuring they receive the correct medical advice and guidance.
“In the meantime, good hygiene is the very best prevention, and there are some simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves, our families and communities.
“This includes washing hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds, and following NHS advice in relation to coughs and colds – catch the sneeze in a tissue, bin it … and kill the germs.
“The best way to stay informed is to regularly check official advice from organisations such as Public Health England and the Government.”
Find out more by visiting www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/