SCOTLAND has seen its first coronavirus death today as cases in the UK climbed to 798 this afternoon.
This is a huge jump of 189 extra cases from the earlier figure of 609 people known to have COVID-19.
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In the last 24 hours the UK has seen an enormous 35 per cent increase in cases of the deadly virus.
Dr Catherine Calderwood said: “I am saddened to report that a patient in Scotland who has tested positive for Coronavirus has died in hospital. I offer my deepest sympathy to their friends and family at this difficult time.”
She said the patient had been being treated by Lothian Health Board, and was an older person who had had pre-existing health conditions.
After 13 more people tested positive in Wales, Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The process of identifying and contacting close contacts of the new cases is under way, and we are taking all appropriate actions to protect the public’s health.”
And a total of 85 people in Scotland have now tested positive for coronavirus, a jump of 25 more today from Thursday. Overall 3,314 tests have taken place.
It comes as…
- The global death toll reaches more than 4,900 with 135,000 confirmed cases
- Millions of Brit workers have been sent home as firms try to stop the spread
- The Premier League announced they are suspending the season for three weeks
- London streets normally bustling with tourists have been pictured empty of people
- Brits have been warned against all but essential travel to parts of Spain
- The country’s top scientists has warned more than 60 per cent of Brits need to catch coronavirus to develop ‘herd immunity’
- Prince Charles and Camilla have postponed their tour to Bosnia
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Cities and towns across Britain appeared deserted at times today as people worked from home and avoided shops and transport links over concerns about the virus.
The PM yesterday confirmed Britain would move to the “delay” phase to try and stem the spread.
He said: “At all stages we have been guided by the science and we will do the right things at the right time.
“We are not closing schools now, the scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time.
“Of course we are keeping this under review and this may change as the disease spreads.
“Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so.”
BATTLING THE BUG
Ireland yesterday announced all schools there would close until the end of March to stop the infection taking hold.
London’s cases are steadily rising, with 136 people being treated for the killer bug in the capital.
Anyone with a cough or fever must now stay at home for seven days, after an emergency COBRA meeting yesterday ramped up the fight.
Among the latest cases, patients have tested positive for coronavirus while being treated in hospitals Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The patients were being treated on the same ward, although NUH has not confirmed which hospital they are in.
They have now been moved and a deep clean is being carried out in line with guidance from Public Health England.
Arlene Foster said today “there will come a point where we have to close schools”, as the killer bug spreads throughout the UK.
She added: “There will come a point where we will have to say people should social distance themselves from other people, they should stay in their own homes.”
Up to 10,000 people could have the virus at the moment in the UK – and won’t know it, experts predicted.
Yesterday saw a huge rise in cases, with it jumping from 456 to 596, and two more dead.
Brits told to self-isolate for a week if they have a ‘mild’ cold or a cough
BRITS are being told to do their duty for the country’s coronavirus effort and self-isolate for seven days if they have a mild cough or cold.
Anyone with even mild symptoms should not leave home for seven days from when their symptoms start to stop the virus spreading.
People staying at home for seven days should stay at least two metres away from people whenever possible, according to Public Health England’s guidelines.
They should also sleep alone – as well as wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Boris described the outbreak the “worst public health crisis in a generation” and “it will spread further” as he revealed new measures to try.
He told the nation to stay at home if they have a cough, adding: “Many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.”
The PM admitted there would be “severe disruption”, but the Government was ready to adapt to keep people safe.”
Today the Premier League have finally bowed to pressure and announced they are suspending the season for three weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
It comes with the football world in crisis as Uefa also announced ALL Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week have been postponed.
Around 60 per cent of the UK population will need to become infected to prevent another more aggressive outbreak of Covid-19.
Teachers country-wide are preparing “home-learning packs” as schools could close for a month-long Easter break due to coronavirus.
The deadly bug has now been confirmed as a pandemic – with the UK taking steps to stop the spread.
Many Brits have already been told to work from home, with a lot of workplaces and offices already preparing for how to deal with an Italy-style lockdown.
A London Tube driver has also tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a holiday to Vietnam.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global pandemic as 126,000 people have been diagnosed with the killer bug across 114 countries.
More than 4,600 people have died – around 3,000 of them in China – after contracting COVID-19 across the globe.
WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the medical body has “rung the alarm bell loud and clear”.
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