CMO for England announces first death of patient with Coronavirus


Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said earlier today: "As of 9.00am this morning 25 further patients in England have tested positive for Covid-19".

The hospital added that it was also supporting PHE in extensive contact tracing to identify those people who may have been in close contact with the patient who tested positive for Covid-19.

He added: "I offer my honest condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected".

The family of the man who died in Milton Keynes after contracting coronavirus have paid tribute to a "truly loving and wonderful person".

"We can safely say there are already a few thousand people infected in the United Kingdom".

A 43-year-old British man is confirmed with COVID-19 in Thailand, while the Vatican confirmed its first case.

The man, who has not been named, was admitted to hospital for other reasons on Monday (2/3) and is said to have spent two days in a ward before being isolated and tested for coronavirus.

It comes as England's deputy chief medical officer said the United Kingdom remained in the outbreak's "containment" phase.

She told Sky News: "One of the important parts of that is not just about the recommendation or not to isolate, but actually ensuring that they have all of the supplies and care that they need".

Two elderly UK residents have already died from coronavirus
Two elderly UK residents have already died from coronavirus

- Facebook closed its London office for deep cleaning after a Singapore-based employee who had visited tested positive.

Meanwhile, two British Airways staff tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and are recovering at home in isolation.

Health authorities of the United Kingdom reportedly said that the nation has confirmed 48 new cases of coronavirus outbreak on March 6 taking the total tally of infections to 164.

It comes after 21 people on the Grand Princess tested positive for the illness.

On Friday, Boris Johnson unveiled an emergency package worth £46million to help the desperate fight to find a vaccine for coronavirus and develop quicker tests for the deadly bug.

- Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said homeless people were at higher risk of coronavirus due to existing health conditions, the inability to wash their hands regularly and they may be unable to self-isolate if they become unwell.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock stressed that the government is "working to makes sure that if people are self-isolating, they will be able to get the food and supplies that they need". The government this week published contingency plans for a widespread outbreak of the virus, which has infected more than 96,000 people and seen over 3,300 die around the world.

There have been five more infections in Scotland, taking the number of cases there to 16.

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"This is not a response rooted in panic", she said in a news conference that included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Public health officials say among the new cases, one person is hospitalized while the other five are isolated at home.