Source : News & Star

CARLISLE woman has been told she has coronavirus – the first case to be confirmed in the county.

The News & Star learned yesterday afternoon that the woman – who is in her thirties and who recently returned from a holiday in Europe – was given a swab test on Monday and she had confirmation yesterday that the result was positive for the COVID-19 virus

She works at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary but has not been working there in the days before her diagnosis, the News & Star was told.

Public Health England yesterday declined to comment, saying that its practice was to update the confirmed number of cases in the UK at 2pm every day and not before.

But the woman’s father, who works as a lawyer in the city, told the News & Star: “I got a text from my daughter at lunchtime saying that she’d been tested the day before and that she’d then got confirmation that she tested positive.”

The man explained that as a consequence of this he had sought advice from the NHS 111 information service about whether he needed to take any precautions, pointing out that he had last been in his daughter’s company during a family holiday in Germany two weeks ago.

His last contact with her was on February 21, he said. Yet an advisor from 111 told him he did not need to be tested for the virus or to self-isolate.

“They told me that I don’t meet the criteria for being tested. They said I should simply continue as normal. I thought that they would at least say I should be tested. But I don’t have any symptoms.”

The woman’s father confirmed she was diagnosed by way of a swab, but it was not administered in the hospital but at a test facility nearby. The News & Star has agreed not to identify the woman.

Our reporters have, however, been told her partner has also tested positive for coronavirus, although this is unconfirmed.

The news of Cumbria’s first case came as Downing Street issued a statement about the Government’s strategy for containing the virus, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted is likely to affect a significant number of people in the UK in coming weeks.


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