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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Newark and Sherwood reaches 2,480 (Wednesday, November 18) as national lockdown continues

Thirty seven coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Newark and Sherwood according to Public Health England, taking the total to 2,480.

Ashfield 3,023 (up 47) Bassetlaw 3,062 (up 56) Broxtowe 3,022 (up 38) Gedling 3,065 (up 38) Mansfield 2,506 (up 39) Newark and Sherwood 2,480 (up 37) Rushcliffe 2,996 (up 44) Nottingham 15,797 (up 133) Nottinghamshire 20,154 (up 430).

A total of 75 people resident in Newark and Sherwood have died within 28 days of testing positive for covid-19, according to the latest public data.

Social distancing floor sticker in Newark town centre. (43021801)
Social distancing floor sticker in Newark town centre. (43021801)

It comes after Public Health England changed the way it records data, with almost 2,000 new cases added to the city's total.

The huge increase in cases does not represent a surge in cases. The positive tests have been recorded since September but have only recently been updated by Public Health England. It is due to a change in the way it records the location of a person's positive test.

The changes mean a person's current address is used to in official government data, instead of details registered on a patient’s NHS Summary Care Record.

The country is in lockdown. The plan is that restrictions will be eased from Wednesday, December 2. However, if the lockdown has failed to bring the virus under control, measures may have to continue.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Job Retention Scheme, or furlough, will be extended until the end of March.

According to the latest public data ­— 1,410,732 patients in the UK have tested positive and 52,745 people have died.

If you have symptoms of covid-19, it’s important that you stay at home to help protect your friends and neighbours.

To find out what steps you need to take if you think you have the virus, visit here.

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