Four more cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been confirmed in Worcestershire today (Sunday 15th March), taking the number of confirmed cases in the county to six.

Public Health England, Worcestershire County Council and the local NHS are working closely together in Worcestershire to respond.

The council said they would not be commenting further on the details of these particular cases due to the need to protect patient confidentiality.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health partners at a county, regional and national level to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Worcestershire are protected.

“It's really important that everyone follows the latest guidance about staying at home if you show even the slightest symptoms of coronavirus.

"For most people who get coronavirus, it will be a mild infection, but we all have a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in society.

“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 and dispose of it immediately."