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Paramedic tests positive for Covid-19.

A paramedic from the East of England Ambulance Service has tested positive for Covid-19.

The East of England Ambulance Service is an NHS trust responsible for supporting the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The case was confirmed by the chief medical officer who said that the paramedic lives in Hertfordshire.

A spokesperson from the NHS has said that well-established procedures are being followed.

An NHS statement said: "The chief medical officer today confirmed a further case of COVID-19 who is a resident of Hertfordshire and a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).

"There are well-established procedures that are being followed in a case such as this and the NHS and Public Health England are taking all necessary steps to manage the situation."

At the time of writing there have been 596 confirmed cases across the UK with 10 deaths but health officials have said they believe the actual number of people infected could be between 5,000 and 10,000.