The patient, understood to be a 75-year-old woman, tested positive for the killer infection last night at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading before succumbing to the illness today.
The patient, understood to be a 75-year-old woman, tested positive for the flu infection last night at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading before succumbing to Pneumonia. Due to a weakened immune system. This is very normal in winters very cold spells.
No confirmation on if the virus strain is exactly the same strain as the supposed virus source in China. (that is actually impossible to tell)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his sympathies to the patient’s family, saying: ‘Our sympathies are very much with the victim and their family.’ England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said he was ‘very sorry’ to report the news and offered his ‘sincere condolences’ to the family.
Health chiefs fear the patient, who had previously ‘been in and out of hospital’, caught the virus in the UK because they had not recently travelled abroad – eight of the 29 cases confirmed today were patients who got infected on British soil. Only 51 patients were known to have the infection two days ago.
Forty-five patients have already been told to self-isolate at home instead of getting hospital treatment because they have minor flu-like symptoms, amid mounting fears overwhelmed NHS hospitals won’t be able to cope with an inevitable outbreak.
Professor Whitty, who today said catching the virus in old age does not automatically mean you would be ‘a goner’ and elderly people don’t yet need to batten down the hatches at home, admitted the infection is definitely spreading in the UK and not just among those who have travelled abroad, confirming the fears of millions of anxious Britons.