NEW advice to help slow the spread of coronavirus has been announced, after figures show that new cases could reach 50,000-a-day by next month.

The chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, and government scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance spoke at a press event today (September 21) where they addressed the spread of the virus.

Current figures show that around 6,000 people are contracting the virus each day , and if the rate continues to rise without action being taken – cases could reach 50,000 per day.

In the past week 51 new cases have been reported in Barnsley which brings the total to 2,328.

Sir Patrick Vallance said: "50,000 cases per day would be expected to lead to 200 or more deaths per-day in November.”

Prof Whitty urged the public to take action to help reduce the spread of the virus. His advice included:

  • Reduce your individual risk by washing your hands

  • Self-isolate if you have symptoms

  • Break unnecessary links between households

Director of public health in Barnsley, Julia Burrows, said: “We all need to follow the national guidance on face coverings and social distancing, staying safe, what to do when we or those we care for get symptoms and how to protect our NHS and health and care services.”