Coronavirus latest: Sixth person dies in UK

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Coronavirus latest: Sixth person dies in UK
Coronavirus latest: Sixth person dies in UK

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen again and a sixth person who had the virus has died.

A statement from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Watford General Hospital, and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

“The patient, who died in the evening of Monday March 9, was in his early 80s and had underlying health conditions.

“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said: “I am sorry to confirm a sixth patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died. I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their privacy is respected.

“The patient, who was being treated by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was in their 80s and had underlying health conditions.

“It appears the virus was acquired in the UK and full contact tracing has begun.”

A total of 373 UK cases was announced as of 0900 GMT – a rise of 54 from the previous day – with a further nine cases confirmed by health officials in Wales later.

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