A SECOND person has tested positive for the coronavirus in Tameside.
The unknown patient’s diagnosis is not linked to the borough’s first case, which was confirmed on Sunday.
However, the latest news does not affect the advice on hygiene and hand washing as panic starts to spread over the condition.
The Government and officials are holding a COBRA meeting today, with talk the outbreak may see sporting fixtures at the weekend played behind closed doors.
Ireland has taken the step of closing all schools until March 29 while Italy is on lockdown because of coronavirus, with all shops except food stores and pharmacies ordered to close.
A statement says: “We have received confirmation of one new COVID-19 case in Tameside. This case is not linked to the previous case that was announced on March 8.
“We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus and we remain in the `containment’ phase.
“As with the previous case, Public Health England will be contacting those who have been in close contact with the resident and will advise any individuals on any action required.
“Anyone who is not contacted by Public Health England does not need to take any action at this time other than to continue to follow good hygiene and hand washing advice.”