Gloucestershire has now had 64 cases of confirmed Coronavirus as the number of national COIVD-19 patients continues to rise.
Latest figures from Public Health England show 11,658 cases across the UK, with 578 deaths. This includes an elderly man who died in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital last week after contracting coronavirus.
In neighbouring Herefordshire there have been 21 positive covid cases and a further 74 in Worcestershire.
In Gloucestershire radical changes to community hospitals have been announced to allow better deployment of frontline staff, it means the temporary closure of Minor Injury and Illness Units at Tewkesbury Hospital, the Vale Hospital in Dursley and the Dilke in Cinderford.
As the general public continues to stay home to protect the NHS, staff at Malmesbury’s Dyson factory have begun work on a new ventilator after Sir James Dyson revealed the Government has ordered 10,000 of the ‘CoVent’ machines. He also promised to donate 5,000 to the international relief effort.
Elsewhere the Government is looking to make millions of antibody tests available to the public so people can determine whether they have had coronavirus.
They have bought 3.5 million tests which are supposed to tell if someone has already had the virus within minutes, with millions more on the way. There is currently confusion over how soon the tests could be introduced.
It could be a major step towards pinning down a more accurate figure of the number of coronavirus cases in the UK, as only patients in hospitals are being routinely tested at the moment.