Basingstoke's MP Maria Miller has spoken out after two town workers tested positive for coronavirus.

It comes after two cases of the disease were confirmed in Basingstoke.

Two employees of the Lavazza factory in Daneshill have tested positive for the virus, with another of the company's worker in Italy also a confirmed case.

Maria Miller told the Gazette"All of us need to do all we can to minimise the spread of the virus. Everyone who is trying to deal with this dreadful situation, anybody who is concerned with having the virus, should follow government guidelines and call 111 and to ask for assistance.

"They shouldn’t go to their local GP surgery or hospital as we are trying to minimise the spread of this disease."

She also said its inevitable that we will see cases in Hampshire because people are commuting and going abroad for work. 

"I have been into businesses in the last few days and antibac handwash is available throughout their buildings so its inevitable that it will be in short supply.

"I urge people to do what they can to reduce the spread of this worrying disease but clearly we all need to go about our daily business in the best way we can," Mrs Miller continued.

She said she doesn't know how long the disease will continue to go on for.

"I am talking to schools and local businesses to make sure I am aware of how to support people and into the future," the MP added. 

The Gazette asked Mrs Miller her thoughts on Donald Trump's recent tweet where he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.

Mrs Miller responded: "All of us need to do all we can to minimise the spread of the virus."