Coronavirus: UK confirms first death in Berkshire

Update on COVID-19: cases and management

Update on COVID-19: cases and management

A person in the United Kingdom has died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

"Since, in addition to COVID 19 cases related to travel, some cases of community transmission have also been observed, it has been made a decision to involve district collectors and States have been asked to form rapid response teams as the district, block and village levels", health minister Harsh Vardhan told Parliament on Thursday.

"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", Royal Berkshire NHS Trust said in a statement.

Fourteen Italians, who tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantined at an ITBP facility in Chhawla, have been shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

"We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy". Eight people contracted the virus in the United Kingdom, he added.

The news comes after the Department of Health announced 30 more cases of coronavirus, bringing the confirmed total in the United Kingdom to 115.

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Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has said he is "very sorry" to hear of the death and offered his "sincere condolences" to the family.

"Seventeen were diagnosed who had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation". It is not yet clear where the patient was from. This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun. In India, too, the number of cases identified has increased in the last few days.

In 48-hours the cases of coronavirus have more than doubled to 115 across the UK.

A regional breakdown of the confirmed cases.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly reassured the country that it is well prepared to meet the challenge of the virus. There have been almost 100,000 confirmed cases of the infection across the globe and over 54,000 people have recovered from the disease.

The WHO (World Health Organization) has announced that the mortality rate for the coronavirus is now 3.4 percent, making it more likely to kill than seasonal flu.

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