Coronavirus UK: Fourth person dies from Covid-19

A fourth person in the UK has died after contracting coronavirus, the health minister has announced.

The patient was in their 70s with underlying health conditions and was being treated at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital.

They are believed to have contracted the virus in the UK, Matt Hancock said, adding that NHS officials are tracing those with whom they had been in contact.

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Mr Hancock announced the news in the House of Commons as he updated MPs on the coronavirus outbreak, shortly after the Department of Health announced the number of confirmed cases in the UK had risen to 319.

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“We continue to work to contain the virus, but we’re also taking action to delay its impact, to fund research and to mitigate its consequences.



“Throughout our approach is guided by the science. That is the bedrock on which we base all our decisions.

“Our plan sets out what we are prepared to do and we’ll make the right choices of which action to pursue at the right moment.

“The scientific advice is clear – acting too early creates its own risks, so we will do what is right to keep people safe.


“Guided by the science we’ll act at the right time and we’ll be clear and open about our actions and the reasons for them.”

A Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust spokesperson said: ”The family has been informed and our condolences 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.”

More follows… via The Independent UK

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