Sixth UK coronavirus death confirmed as grandad in his early 80s after number infected climbs to climbs to 373

Sixth UK coronavirus death confirmed as grandad in his early 80s after number infected climbs to climbs to 373

03/10/2020

A GRANDAD has become the sixth patient to die from coronavirus in the UK as the number infected by the killer bug climbs to 373.

The man, in his early 80s, died at Watford general hospital, NHS England confirmed.

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In a statement the man’s devastated family said: "We have lost a loving, caring father, grandfather and brother.

"His age and failing health did not stop him from living a full and complete life and always doing things for other people. He was guided by his innate kindness.

"Our father will be sorely missed, not just by us but by those whose lives he touched."

"We can advise that this is the only statement we are going to release at this time with regards to our dearly loved relative."

Our father will be sorely missed, not just by us but by those whose lives he touched.

A statement from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said the man had "underlying health conditions".

It added: "His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time."

It comes as four fresh cases were confirmed in Scotland and 16 in Northern Ireland today.

Yesterday a patient, in their seventies, was the fifth Brit to die from coronavirus.

They passed away at St Helier Hospital in Sutton, South London.

A spokesman for St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust said the patient "was very unwell with a number of significant and long term health conditions".

DEADLY BUG

Earlier that day it was revealed a fourth person had died from the virus while being treated at Royal Wolverhampton Hospital.

The woman was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions.

She is thought to have caught the deadly bug in Britain as authorities scramble to trace anyone she came into contact with.

The Department of Health and Social Care today announced another 46 people in the UK had tested positive as the killer bug rampages across Europe.

If we continue to look out for one another, to pull together in a united and national effort, I have no doubt that we can and will rise to that challenge.

In the UK, 321 people have now tested positive for Covid 19.

Boris Johnson today said the UK will almost certainly move to the delay phase of tackling coronavirus.

Mr Johnson said there was "no hiding from the fact that the coronavirus outbreak will present significant challenges for the UK just as it does in other countries."

He added: "But if we continue to look out for one another, to pull together in a united and national effort, I have no doubt that we can and will rise to that challenge."

The UK remains in the "contain" phase of the response to coronavirus "but watching what is happening around the world, our scientists think containment is extremely unlikely to work on its own", he continued.

UK OUTBREAK

It comes as Professor Francois Balloux of the University College London has said Italy's lockdown method could be "adopted by the UK", as the epidemic in the UK is so far "roughly comparable" to the one in northern Italy.

He said: “The trajectory in the UK is so far roughly comparable to the one in northern Italy, but with the epidemic [there] two to three weeks ahead of the situation [here].

“It is possible that a lockdown strategy similar to the one imposed in northern Italy may be adopted by the UK. The Covid-19 epidemic cannot be contained any more.”

Dr Jenny Harris, deputy chief medical officer, fears thousands of Brits will be infected over the next week.

She said: “The chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser say there’s likely to be more cases.

“We will have significant numbers in the way that the country is not used to.

“We will see many thousands of people infected by coronavirus, that’s what we’re seeing in other countries.

We will see many thousands of people infected by coronavirus, that’s what we’re seeing in other countries.

“Make sure elderly and those with underlying conditions get into hospital and get treatment.

“Sporting events outside, important for people to understand that in an open air environment, you’re out in the open, that reduces the life length of the virus, the risk drops.

“Stand two metres apart if you want to reduce the risk."

We will see many thousands of people infected by coronavirus, that’s what we’re seeing in other countries.

Dr Jenny Harris
It comes after any Brit with a cold, cough, sniffle or fever will be told to stay at home for a week to help halt the spread of the disease.

BRITAIN 'FACES ITALY-STYLE LOCKDOWN'

– Public events banned

– Cinemas closed

– Pubs and nightclubs shut

– Funerals and weddings cancelled

– Sporting matches cancelled

– Schools and universities closed

– Travel between cities only permitted for emergency reasons

– Checkpoints on motorways, tolls, train stations and airports

The dramatic step is set to be taken in around ten days’ time as the killer bug threatens to explode in the UK.

The Covid-19 death toll in the UK has risen to five after a woman in her 70s died from the virus while being treated at St Helier Hospital in Sutton, South London.

There have been 321 confiremed cases of the deadly bug on our shores – with 18 people recovering.

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.





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