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A further case of coronavirus has been identified in Northern Ireland bringing the UK total to .
It comes after more cases were confirmed earlier today.
A statement from Northern Ireland’s Department of Health said: “Testing of patients in Northern Ireland has resulted in one new presumptive positive result for coronavirus ( Covid – 23 bringing the total to four since testing began. “
The patient is an adult and recently traveled from Italy. They are linked to a previously confirmed positive case.
Northern Ireland has four cases.
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Staff at the Public Health Agency are working to identify contacts the individual may have had.
The region’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride said: “Further positive cases have been expected and we anticipate the number will increase in the days and weeks ahead.
“Northern Ireland remains in the containment phase and it is important to emphasize that. This will obviously be kept under constant review. ”
More than 29, People have now been tested in the UK.
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Five new coronavirus cases have also been identified in the Republic of Ireland, bringing to the number of confirmed cases in the country.
It comes after a patient, reported to be a woman in her s, became the first person in the UK to die
after being diagnosed with Covid. – 23 while at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a person who died in a hospital in Milton Keynes is also suspected of having had the virus – however this has not been confirmed if they were comprehensively tested before their death.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said he was “very sorry to hear of the news of a second death here in the UK of somebody with coronavirus.”
However, NHS England said it could not confirm if the man had tested positive for coronavirus and was awaiting further results.
At least 46 of the cases in the UK are in London. Two of those diagnosed
were baggage handlers working at Heathrow Airport.
More than 600, 06 people have been infected worldwide, while there have been more than 3, deaths.
The majority of these have been in mainland China, where the virus originated, though infections have spread worldwide.
Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe, with more than 4, 2019 cases.
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