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Coronavirus: Second person in UK dies from infection - Sky News

A second person in the UK is feared to have died from coronavirus, Sky News understands.

The man was understood to be in his late 80s, had underlying health conditions and died at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Doctors are awaiting official test results to confirm if it was a case of COVID-19.

Other patients on the ward were isolated this morning while a deep clean was carried out, Milton Keynes Citizen reported.

Hospital staff who nursed the patient are also said to have gone into isolation.

A detailed contact tracing exercise is now being conducted to trace anyone who came into contact with him in the days before his death.

Forty-eight new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 164.

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On Thursday, a woman reported to be in her 70s became the first person in the UK to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading said the woman had been "in and out of hospital" for other reasons but was admitted on Wednesday evening and tested positive.

Meanwhile, two British Airways staff tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and are recovering at home in isolation.

"Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that two members of our staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," it said in a statement.

Also, Facebook is closing its London offices until Monday and telling staff to work from home after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The employee who was diagnosed with the virus was normally based in Singapore, the company told Sky News, but had visited the London offices between 24-26 February.

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£46m funding announced to tackle COVID-19

Globally, the number of coronavirus cases has passed 100,000, with 3,400 deaths, and the virus has spread across more than 90 nations.

In other developments:

  • Italy is the worst affected country in Europe, with more than 4,636 cases, a rise of 778 in a day, and a death toll of 197, an increase of 49
  • The Vatican, Cameroon, Peru, Serbia and Slovakia confirmed their first cases on Friday, and the Netherlands its first coronavirus death
  • South Korea has reported 505 new cases, taking its total to 6,593
  • South Korea is using drive-thru testing centres - inspired by the fast food counters used by McDonald's - to identify new cases
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government is not considering stopping flights into the UK
  • In the US, 57 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed. Some 230 people have been infected and there have been two more deaths in Washington State, taking the national death toll to 14
  • The US has admitted there are not enough coronavirus testing kits for Americans who want them
  • More than 2,000 people are stranded on the Grand Princess cruise ship after it was barred from returning to port in San Francisco because 35 on board developed flu-like symptoms
  • The head of UN's food agency has warned of the potential for "absolute devastation" as the outbreak's effects ripple through Africa and the Middle East
  • Another five cases have been confirmed in Ireland, taking the total there to 18

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited a Bedfordshire laboratory as the government pledged an extra £46m for research into a vaccine and rapid diagnostic tests.

The government is working with supermarkets to ensure food supplies as the number of people self-isolating with the virus continues to rise, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

Coronavirus outbreak, London, UK - 06 Mar 2020
A man on the underground wearing a gas mask

6 Mar 2020
Second UK death from COVID-19 reported

He sought to reassure the public following panic-buying in some areas, saying the government is "working to makes sure that if people are self isolating, they will be able to get the food and supplies that they need."

He added there was "absolutely no need" for individual people "to go round buying more than they need."

Health chiefs said people diagnosed with coronavirus who show only "very minimal" symptoms should self-isolate at home rather than in hospital.

Travellers returning to the UK from anywhere in Italy have also been advised to self-isolate if they develop symptoms.

A man is seen wearing a protective face mask at Waterloo station in London, Britain, March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Image: A man is seen wearing a protective face mask at Waterloo station in London

Last week, a British tourist who had been on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Japan, became the first UK citizen to die from the virus.

Professor Chris Whitty said half of all coronavirus cases in the UK are most likely to occur in just a three-week period, with 95% of them over a nine-week period.

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