A PERSON in Bracknell has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bracknell Forest Council and Public Health England confirmed the case at around 2.45pm today.

The person had recently travelled to Italy, health officials have said.

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Public Health England is in contact with the person, who is a resident in the borough.

Alison Barnett, centre director for Public Health England south east, said: “This case is a resident of Bracknell Forest. "Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Tessa Lindfield, strategic director of Public Health for Berkshire, said: “I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Berkshire are protected.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed case you do not need to take any action at this time.”

The current guidance in stopping the spread of the killer virus is to wash your hands frequently.