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Coronavirus: New patient tests positive in Ireland, UK now confirms 116 cases

by LLB Reporter
5th Mar 20 9:18 pm

Seven new cases have now been confirmed with coronavirus in Ireland on Thursday, bringing the total cases in the UK to 116.

The new patients included a case of “community transmission” after a man linked to Cork University Hospital caught the virus thought to be through person to person contact,

The patients, consisting of four men who had travelled to northern Italy and two women who had close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus were also among the new cases in the Republic of Ireland.

The British prime minister’s spokesperson said, “We will continue to try to contain this virus. However, it’s now ‘highly likely’ that the virus is going to spread in a significant way.

“Officials will therefore accelerate work on preparations for the delay phase of the government’s plan focusing on steps we can take to seek to delay the spread of the virus.

“This will include detailed work on the optimum time to introduce further measures.”

Britain’s first death from the deadly coronavirus was confirmed on Thursday afternoon. A man had tested positive on Wednesday evening and has now died as he had “underlying health conditions.”

In 48-hours the cases of coronavirus have more than doubled to 115 across the UK.

A statement from Royal Berkshire NHS Trust said, “Sadly, we can confirm that an older patient with underlying health conditions has died.

“The patient has previously been in and out of hospital for non-coronavirus reasons, but on this occasion was admitted and last night tested positive for coronavirus.

“The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.”

Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England said he is “very sorry” to hear of the death and offered his “sincere condolences” to the family.Professor Whitty said, “I am very sorry to report a patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died.

“I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected.

“The patient, who was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, was an older patient who had underlying health conditions.

“We believe they contracted the virus in the UK and contact tracing is already underway.”

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