Coronavirus LIVE: First UK death as advice for people with ‘minimal’ symptoms changes

The first person in the UK has died from coronavirus, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust announced on Thursday.

By Steve Jones
Friday, 6th March 2020, 9:41 am
Updated Friday, 6th March 2020, 9:41 am

The Trust said the patient had underlying health conditions. Until this point, the only other UK national to die from the disease was a passenger on the cruise ship Diamond Princess.

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The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has also said he does not think a working vaccine will be produced in time for the coronavirus outbreak in this country.

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Coronavirus LIVE: First patient dies from coronavirus in UK

Last updated: Friday, 06 March, 2020, 15:13


One patient with underlying health conditions has died after testing positive for coronavirus, the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust announced on Thursday.

As of 9am on 5 March 2020, 18,083 people have been tested in the UK, of which 17,968 were confirmed negative and 115 were confirmed as positive.

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UK coronavirus cases hits 163

The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK as of 7am on Friday has risen to 163 from 115 at 9am on Thursday, the Department of Health said.

Second reported coronavirus death in the UK

A second person in the UK has reportedly died from coronavirus. Sky News are reporting that a man, understood to be in his late 80s - who had underlying health conditions - died at Milton Keynes Hospital. 


Two boys have been arrested on suspicion of racially assaulting a Singaporean man following the coronavirus outbreak.

The suspects, aged 15 and 16, were held for alleged racially aggravated assault following the incident in central London on February 24, the Metropolitan Police said.

They have since been released under investigation.


Retailers have said they are "confident" limited availability of long-life products and hand sanitiser in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak will be short-lived.

It comes as consumers reported a spike in demand that left some shelves barren.

Shops reported a spike in sales of cleaning products and store cupboard essentials as fears over the virus drove some to panic-buying.

First case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Nottinghamshire

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, centre director, Public Health England East Midlands, said: "Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of Covid-19.

"The case is a resident of Nottingham city and recently returned from South Korea."

Chief Medical Officer provides update

At a press conference on Thursday evening, Prof Whitty revealed that 18 people have so far recovered from coronavirus in the UK and 45 are being treated at home.

"We have moved to a situation where people have very minimal symptoms and we think they are clinically safe and they are able to self-isolate. We think it is actually safer for them, as well as more pleasant, if they can self-isolate in their own homes," he said.

"Anybody who needs hospitalisation will be hospitalised."

No working vaccine, health chief says.

The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has said he does not think a working vaccine will be produced in time for the coronavirus outbreak.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't think we will get the vaccine for this outbreak.

"I don't think we'll get something in time or at scale for this outbreak."

Parents call for South Yorkshire school to close following confirmation of coronavirus case

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