Coronavirus UK: How many are ill? How many have died? First UK victim confirmed

Coronavirus UK: How many are ill? How many have died? First UK victim confirmed


A woman in her 70s has become the first person in the UK to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus. The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading said on Thursday the patient had been “in and out of hospital” for other reasons, but was admitted on Wednesday evening and tested positive.

Coronavirus cases in the UK have now reached over 100 as cases continue to rise worldwide.

The Government announced this week it is now moving towards the “delay” phase of its UK virus plan.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said it was “highly likely the virus is going to spread in a significant way.”

The recent increase in UK coronavirus cases has prompted panic-buying of food supplies in some areas.


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Speaking on BBC’s Question Time this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The Government has supplies of the key things that are needed, and, within the food supply, we are absolutely confident that there won’t be a problem there.

“And, crucially, we are working to make sure that if people are self isolating, they will be able to get the food and supplies that they need.”

He added: “The very, very strong advice from the scientists, from the medics, is that people should not go buying more than they need.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern, prompting the UK to raise its risk from low to moderate.

How many people are ill with coronavirus?

As of 9am on March 5, there are 115 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Of the 18,083 people tested for the illness in the UK, 17,968 have been confirmed negative.


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Cases in England have been confirmed in the following areas:

  • East of England – 8
  • London – 25
  • Midlands – 9
  • North East and Yorkshire – 10
  • North West – 17
  • South East – 17
  • South West – 15
  • To be determined – 4

Every day at 2pm, the Department of Health and Social Care updates these figures on the Government website.

How many people have died from coronavirus?

In the UK, one patient diagnosed with coronavirus has died.

According to the John Hopkins University live tracker, 3,383 people diagnosed with coronavirus have died in total across the world.

Worldwide an estimated 98,387 people have been infected with the illness, and 55,441 people have recovered.

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