Coronavirus LIVE: Sixth UK patient dies as 373 people test positive for disease

The chief medical officer in the UK has warned that ‘many thousands of people’ are likely to catch coronavirus, as the number of cases in the UK escalated to 373 as of this morning (March 10).

By Lloyd Bent
Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 3:47 pm

This comes as the sixth person to die from the disease in the UK passed away in hospital in west Hertfordshire.

The victim was in their 80s.

Travel restrictions have tightened and people with cold symptoms could be told to stay at home.

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The number of deaths worldwide has passed 4,000 as the virus spreads to more than 100 countries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the country would remain in the ‘containment’ phase for the disease at the moment, however it was likely that a change into the ‘delay’ phase would be necessary.

Follow this live blog for developments as they come throughout today.

CORONAVIRUS LIVE: Updates as the virus spreads following the fifth death from the disease in the UK

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  • UK to remain in 'containment' phase of response
  • Country's chief medical adviser confirmed a sixth person has died from the virus in the UK
  • 373 confirmed cases in the UK as of 9am GMT on Tuesday (March 10)

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A call centre in Belfast has been closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for Covid-19, PA reports.

Around 1,000 people work at the Halifax operation in the Gasworks area of the city centre.

It is understood staff have been asked to self-isolate, work from home or from a contingency site.

Lloyds Banking Group, which owns Halifax, said: "The Belfast Gasworks building has been temporarily closed to allow for the appropriate areas of the site to be cleaned, after a colleague based there was diagnosed with Covid-19.

"Our priority is the wellbeing of the individual, as well as the colleagues and visitors to the building. We're closely monitoring the developing situation and continue to follow official guidelines."

Two schools in Co Armagh are already closed for deep cleaning after a young person was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Newtownhamilton High School and primary school share the same site in Co Armagh and are expected to reopen next week.

Several sports clubs have also had to take precautionary steps after individual members tested positively.

A total of 12 cases have been diagnosed in Northern Ireland so far.

The St Patrick's Day festivities in Belfast are among events which have been axed amid efforts to contain spread of the virus.

On Monday, Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann warned that between 50% and 80% of the population could ultimately contract the coronavirus in a worst case scenario.

A roundup of coronavirus news from around the world

The global death toll stands at more than 4,000. There are around 114,000 confirmed cases.

Pope Francis has urged Catholic priests to “have the courage” to help those sickened by the novel coronavirus. His advice comes hours after Italy was placed on a nationwide lockdown.

21 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on board a US cruise ship. The Grand Princess is docked at the Port of Oakland in California.

Mainland China has reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside of Hubei province where the outbreak began.  This is the third straight day where this has been the case. Major Chinese cities remain on high alert for cases coming in from outside the country.

The threat of a pandemic is 'very real' according to the WHO, however it says that there is potential for the virus to be controlled.

Canada has reported its first death from Covid-19. An elderly man in Vancouver passed away yesterday (March 9).

Starting today (March 10), Moldova has banned all foreigners from anywhere affected by the coronavirus from entering the country by plane.

Flights to Italy cancelled

Reuters has reported that British Airways has cancelled all flights to and from Italy. The whole of Italy is currently on lockdown.

Great Ormond Street hospital cancels surgery after staff member tests positive

Great Ormond Street Hospital has cancelled surgery on children with heart problems after a staff member from the cardiology department tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the hospital said: "A healthcare professional who works in our cardiology department has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

"We would like to reassure our families that anybody who came into close contact with this individual is being informed and will be offered advic

"The majority of services are unaffected and all essential treatment is being carried out, and to ensure patient and staff safety the cardiology department will not be carrying out non-essential cardiac procedures including surgery and outpatients. 

"This is for a period of two weeks from Monday, March 9 and will be subject to daily review. Any patient affected by this change will be contacted directly."

Drive through testing centre opened in Sheffield

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UK airlines confirm that they are cancelling flights to and from Italy

Easyjet has confirmed that several flights have been cancelled and there will be a reduced service on other routes to and from Italy as a result of the whole country going into lockdown.

Meanwhile British Airways has said that flights to and from the country will be cancelled, and Alitalia stated it has cancelled all flights to and from Milan Malpensa airport today.

The number of people in Italy with Covid-19 has now reached 7,375.

Travel advice for British people with plans to travel to Italy

The British Foreign Office has advised against all but 'essential' travel to the following places in Italy:

"Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo, Como) and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna); Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche); Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte); Padova. Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)."

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