March 5, 2020 / 5:34 PM / 3 months ago

First coronavirus death in Britain confirmed

LONDON (Reuters) - The first coronavirus death in Britain has been confirmed, medical authorities said on Thursday.

“The patient, who was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, was an older patient who had underlying health conditions,” England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement.

“We believe they contracted the virus in the UK and contact tracing is already underway,” he added.

The hospital, in Reading, west of London, also issued a statement.

“The patient has previously been in and out of hospital for non-coronavirus reasons, but on this occasion was admitted and last night tested positive for coronavirus,” it said.

Reporting by Kate Holton, Estelle Shirbon and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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