First coronavirus death in Britain confirmed

Published March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters 

LONDON – The first coronavirus death in Britain has been confirmed, medical authorities said on Thursday.

A European Union flag is seen behind a British Union Jack during an anti-brexit protest in London, Britain, January 7,2019. REUTERS/ Phil Noble
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“The patient, who was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, was an older patient who had underlying health conditions,” England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement.

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

The hospital, in Reading, west of London, also issued a statement.

“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,” it said.

 
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