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Sunderland news LIVE: Coronavirus latest as most recent figures show that a further 14 deaths in England bring the total number of deaths for the UK up to 69

Hello and welcome to our live blog where we will be bringing you the latest updates on coronavirus throughout the day.

By Sophie Brownson and Candice Farrow
Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 4:53 pm

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Sunderland news LIVE: Coronavirus latest as recent figures show 69 people have died in the UK

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 March, 2020, 09:45

  • Live updates on Tuesday, March 17, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to take hold.
  • Everything you need to know as the situation progresses throughout the day.
  • Any developments from Public Health England on coronavirus.
  • Breaking news from across Sunderland and the wider North East region.

Hello and welcome to our live blog where we will be bringing you the latest updates on coronavirus throughout the day. 

Yesterday the Government introduced new measures in a bid to prevent the further spread of the illness. 

We will keep you up to date with developments on the situation in the North East and across the country.

Follow our coverage for breaking incidents across the region. 

7.25am: Government update on coronavirus

7.30am: Total UK cases COVID-19 cases update

As of 9am on March 16, there are a total of 1,543 cases in the UK and 55 people have died. 

In the North East and Yorkshire there is a total of 86 cases.

7.34am: Government warns against “non-essential” travel and avoiding crowded places

Boris Johnson has advised the public about “non-essential” travel and avoiding crowded places such as pubs and social clubs during the coronavirus outbreak.

He urged members of the public to work from home where possible but said schools would remain open at this time. 

He said now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential social contact.  This advice particularly applied to those over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women. 

The public should only use the NHS when they really need to and should use the online NHS service. 

The measures aim to slow the spread of the illness, reduce the number of victims and reduce the number of fatalities. 

Boris Johnson has warned 'drastic action' is required to deal with the coronavirus outbreak (Picture: TV Pool/PA Wire)

7.45am: Sunderland Empire Theatre shows suspended due to coronavirus

Shows at the Sunderland Empire Theatre have been ‘temporarily suspended’ with immediate effect because of coronavirus.

Shows at the Sunderland Empire Theatre have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect because of coronavirus, following advice from Boris Johnson about “non-essential” travel and avoiding crowded places.

8am: Customs House to 'suspend all programme until further notice' at South Shields venue over coronavirus risk

The Customs House has said it will not host any further shows “until further notice” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should avoid theatres to reduce the risk of spreading the coronaviru

8.05am: Sunderland University to suspend 'all face-to-face teaching'

The University of Sunderland has decided all face-to-face classroom teaching and assessments will stop in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The university said its announcement followed on from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest address, which said people should start working from home wherever they could and avoi pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues

8.10am: How you can support the vulnerable people in your community during the coronavirus crisis

A new drive has launched to recruit volunteers to help vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak.

8.15am: Coronavirus symptoms and what you should do if you have them

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

New continuous cough or high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)   If you have these symptoms, it’s important that you stay at home for seven days to help protect your friends and neighbours. 

8.20am: Countries begin to close borders

Canada, Norway and Denmark are among a host of countries who have announced emergency border closures in a bid to impede the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 6,000 people.

The Foreign Office (FCO) has advised British nationals against "all but essential" travel to many parts of the world due to the risk posed by the virus, or the risk of being cut off as transport links are shut.

The EU has also announced plans for a 30-day ban on non-residents entering the bloc, although senior figures are keen that borders between member states remain open.

Many European countries have already announced their own containment measures to try and get a grip on the pandemic, including shutting their doors to foreign nationals.

Italy is in lockdown and the Italian authorities have advised against travel for tourism purposes and said tourists already on holiday in Italy should limit their movements to those necessary to return to the place where they live.

Spain has introduced a state of emergency on March 14 banning public gatherings and temporarily closing all non-essential business. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the country.

In Greece everyone arriving from abroad was required to self-isolate for 14 days as of Monday. The government has also prohibited the docking of cruise ships and sail boats in Greek ports.

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