This is why the number of confirmed Calderdale coronavoirus cases have dropped

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Calderdale have dropped but why?

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 8:31 am

On Sunday Public Health England which updates the number of confirmed cases in the country had the number of cases at five.

However, the latest figures show the number has dropped to three.

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PHE explained that change in figures and the number of cases might drop in other local authorities in the country

A spokesperson said: "The figures should be treated as a guide. Since they are published on a daily basis, they are subject to data cleansing and as such they can fluctuate between Local Authority areas.

"What’s more, the figures do not give a true indication of how many cases there are in localities now that testing has changed - now we have moved to the delay phase we are mainly testing in hospitals rather than testing all suspected cases in communities."

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK has risen to 1,950, as 407 more cases were confirmed.

A statement by the Department of Health and Social Care said as of 9am March 17 2020, a total of 50,442 people have been tested: 48,492 negative 1,950 positive.

Yesterday it was confirmed that 53 deaths have occurred in the UK as a result of coronavirus.