A patient in Bury has today been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The unidentified person is just one of 12 new cases of covid-19 that have been confirmed in England. This includes people from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
It has also been confirmed that the patient in Bury recently returned from a trip to Italy.
According to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, risk to the general public currently remains low.
The body tweeted: "We’re working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure residents are protected."
In a statement, Bury Council also said: "Public Health England, Bury Council and the local NHS are working closely together in the North West to respond.
The risk to the general public remains low after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in Bury. We’re working with health colleagues to do all we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure residents are protected. Info and advice on how to protect yourself https://t.co/dsaLZOHnib— Bury Council (@BuryCouncil) March 1, 2020
"Public Health England is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case.
"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case.
"This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected."
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has now risen to 35 in total – following previously reported confirmed cases in Northern Ireland and Wales.
If you have recently been to one of the affected countries and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS’s 111 helpline for further advice straight away.
The patient in Bury is Greater Manchester's first confirmed case.