A man in his 60s has become the third person to die in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.
The patient, who had ‘a number of underlying health problems’, was being treated at North Manchester General Hospital.
He tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to the UK from Italy, NHS England said.
A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: ‘We can confirm that sadly a patient being treated for Covid-19 has died at our specialist regional Infectious Diseases unit at North Manchester General Hospital.
‘The man, in his 60s, tested positive after travelling to Italy and had a number of underlying health problems.
‘Our thoughts are with the patient’s family who are being supported by our specialist bereavement staff.’
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, confirmed that experts are already in communication with anyone who may have had contact with the patient, in a bid to prevent further cases.
He said: ‘I am very sorry to report that a third 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.’
Today it was revealed that the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK had risen from 209 to 273 within the last 24 hours.
Two people who have tested positive for the virus have died in the UK so-far.
The family of a great-grandfather, 83, who died on Friday, told how they’ve been unable to arrange his funeral because they have to self-isolate.
Paying tribute to their relative, they described him as a ‘truly loving and wonderful’ man who ‘would go to any length to support and protect his family’.
They described the situation as a ‘nightmare’ that neither they nor their loved one had asked for.
More than 23,500 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the UK, with the vast majority coming back negative.
The Department of Health is giving daily updates of the number of new infections, tweeting out the figure at 2pm.