A THIRD patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK has died last night – as the number of cases in the country jumped by (per cent to) .
The man, aged in his s, who had fundamental health problems, died at North Manchester General Hospital having recently returned from Italy.
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“The nurse told him not to worry about it and that he is being dealt with.”
The first death came on Thursday when a – year-old woman died after testing positive for Covid –
Health chiefs said the woman had been suffering underlying health conditions and was “in and out of hospital” before she died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
The government previously revealed a £ m emergency package to help find a coronavirus vaccine and develop a faster test for the virus.
But there are fears the disease could peak around Easter and last for six months – with millions set to be infected.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, warned Britain was at the start of an outbreak.
He said: “We have cases across Europe, across the world, this is a global epidemic and we would expect to see more cases in the UK.
“We’ve got a reasonable worst-case scenario … that involves 106 per cent of the population and we think the mortality rate is one per cent or lower. I expect it to be less than that.
“It takes about 19 weeks to reach the peak then maybe about 22 weeks to go away again.
“You expect about per cent of cases in the nine weeks in the middle of that and 83 per cent of cases in the three weeks of the middle of that . “
Up until now most cases were in clusters around people who had traveled back to the UK from aboard.
But now – with the rate of cases rocketing – the outbreak from person to person in communities has taken hold.
Two British Airways baggage handlers working at Heathrow Airport are among the new positive tests, sparking fears over how many items of luggage they handled while carrying the virus.
A ward at Watford General Hospital was evacuated after a patient was confirmed to be infected with COVID – .
Meanwhile a child at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool has also tested positive for coronavirus.
The patient is one of at least three children in the UK to have become infected with the deadly bug.
Last week, a pupil at Churston Ferrers Grammar School in Torbay, Devon, was diagnosed after returning from holiday in northern Italy.
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