PUBLIC Health England has confirmed a case of Coronavirus has been identified in neighbouring Dudley.

A person is currently receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Russells Hall Hospital.

Public Health England says it is working closely with NHS staff and Dudley Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

Dr Sue Ibbotson, centre director at Public Health England East Midlands, said: "Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19. The case is a resident of Dudley."

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Health bosses have stressed the risk of contracting the virus remains low and authorities are doing everything possible to contain the outbreak.

A total of 319 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK from nearly 25,000 tests that have been carried out.

People are being warned a major outbreak of the virus, which is poses a serious health risk to the elerly and people with underlying health problems, is increasingly likley.