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All schools to shut 'until further notice' and 50 coronavirus cases in Herts - recap

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Coronavirus in Hertfordshire recap: Schools ordered to shut

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    Yesterday saw the biggest rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in England, with 400 more reported.
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  • It takes the total number of cases to 1,950.
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  • The Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed that 71 patients who have contracted coronavirus have died.
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  • As of 9am yesterday, 36 cases have been identified in Hertfordshire - but this number is likely to be higher with the government warning 'thousands in the country' are likely to be infected.
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  • Hertfordshire has the sixth highest number of cases by local authority, behind Hampshire (69), Southwark (58), Westminster (58), Kensington & Chelsea (49), and Lambeth (43).
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  • At yesterday's daily briefing, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a multi-billion-pound package of measures to help businesses through the coronavirus crisis.
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  • But the Government has been urged to do more to support the poorest members of society in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak after allegations the Chancellor's £350 billion package did "nothing" to protect home renters and those on low incomes.
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  • In other updates, Sainsbury's has announced it will open all its stores to the elderly and vulnerable exclusively for the first hour of trading on Thursday. This in response to shelves empty as shoppers stockpile amid the coronavirus pandemic
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  • Iceland outlets across the country have also introduced reserved time slots to give the vulnerable and the elderly a chance to shop in store.
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  • Tesco is shutting all of its 24 hour stores between 10pm and 6am each night to allow staff to restock shelves.
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  • Supermarkets are have measures which limit the amount of a product shoppers can buy.
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