Fourth person dies from coronavirus in the UK

A fourth person in the UK has died from Coronavirus, Health Minister Matt Hancock has confirmed.

Mr Hancock, responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons, told MPs: “Here in the UK, as of this morning, there were 319 confirmed cases.

“Very sadly this now includes four confirmed deaths.

“I entirely understand why people are worried and concerned and we send our condolences to the families.”

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England said: “I am very sorry to report that a fourth 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 at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, was in their seventies and had underlying health conditions. It appears the virus was acquired in the UK and full contact tracing has begun.”