Elderly patient becomes first person in United Kingdom to die from coronavirus

Elderly patient becomes first person in United Kingdom to die from coronavirus

Following the news of the United Kingdom death, Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his sympathy to the family of the patient, while England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said he was "very sorry" to report the news.

Professor Whitty said of those confirmed to have the virus in the United Kingdom, 18 had recovered and around 45 had been self-isolating at home.

Some 116 people have tested positive, including 105 in England, two in Wales, six in Scotland and three in Northern Ireland.

Professor Whitty said there was now evidence of community transmission between people who had no connections to overseas cases or returning travellers.

The person, who was not identified, is among the 115 people in the United Kingdom who have tested positive for the new virus.

He added: 'The bit of the system which will come under pressure first will be those conditions that require people to have oxygen and particularly to have critical care beds, and that bit, I think, will come under pressure at quite an early stage if we have a high-end-of-the-range epidemic for this'.

More than 160 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the United Kingdom and the respiratory infection is now highly likely to spread in "a significant way", health officials have said.

The woman, 70, was admitted to Royal Yorkshire hospital on Wednesday after she tested positive for coronavirus.

He said that officials are working under the premise that the virus has moved out of the containment phase and there will inevitably be an increase in the near future.

As a result, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

"We will continue to try to contain this virus, however it is now highly likely that the virus is going to spread in a significant way", he told reporters.

■ ITV revealed that travel companies are deferring their TV advertising because of the disease, with advertising revenue due to drop 10 per cent in April.

Britain has so far registered 115 cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, which started in China, but has held off from introducing measures to restrict movement or cancel large gatherings for fear of hurting the economy.

A total of 3,353 people have now died from the covid-19 illness worldwide.

It follows Prof Whitty's warning earlier that deaths in the United Kingdom from the virus could reach a "large absolute number".

"We've moved from a situation where we were mainly in contain ... to now we're basically mainly delay".

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