Two more die in UK after testing positive for coronavirus bringing total to 8

Two more people in the UK have died after testing positive for Covid-19 coronavirus – bringing the total to eight.

Both were elderly patients with "underlying health conditions".

One was being treated in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the other in Dudley, West Midlands.

Diane Wake, chief executive of the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement this evening: "The Trust can confirm that a patient in their 70s being treated for underlying health conditions has died.

"The patient had tested positive for Covid-19.

"The family has been informed and our condolences and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."

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NHS England said another patient had also died in Warwickshire after testing positive for coronavirus.

Dr Catherine Free, medical director at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, said: "The Trust can confirm that an elderly patient being treated for a number of serious underlying health conditions has died.

"The patient had tested positive for Covid-19.

"The family has been informed and our condolences and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."

Meanwhile, Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, added: "I am sorry to confirm a seventh and eighth patient in England who tested positive for COVID-19 have sadly died. I offer my sincere condolences to their families and friends and ask that their privacy is respected.

"One was an older patient who was being treated at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust for a number of serious underlying health conditions.

"The second patient in their 70s at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust was being treated for underlying health conditions."

More than 460 people in Britain have become infected with flu-like Covid-19 since the outbreak began.

Health chiefs have warned that the UK outbreak will begin to peak within a fortnight and the Government and NHS are bracing for a rapid increase in the number of infections.

On Monday evening, a man in his 80s, who had underlying health conditions, died while being treated at Watford General Hospital in Hertfordshire.

The man, who was the sixth to die, caught the virus in the UK.

The fifth person to die was a patient in their 70s at St Helier Hospital in Sutton, Surrey.

A 60-year-old man died in quarantine at North Manchester General Hospital before his family could say goodbye.

The man's grief-stricken son told the BBC that relatives were unable to arrange a funeral because they must self-isolate.

The son said: "When they broke the news to me that he passed away – obviously I could not believe it.

"We all burst into tears.

"Two months ago, this thing didn't even exist and now it took away my father."

The four others to die in the UK were being treated at hospitals in Reading, Berkshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, and Sutton, south London.

At least two Britons have died abroad.

The latest was a 53-year-old woman who was admitted to a hospital in Bali.

She suffered from a number of underlying health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a spokesman for Indonesia's government said on Wednesday.

The first Briton to die was a man, aged in his 70s, who caught the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship while it was quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, last month.

His death occurred in hospital and was announced on February 28.

UK coronavirus deaths

1. March 4: The first person to die was a woman in her 70s, who had underlying health conditions. She was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

2. March 4: An 83-year-old great-grandfather, who had recently returned from a Caribbean cruise, died at Milton Keynes University Hospital. He had underlying conditions as well.

His relatives said in a statement: "He was 83-years-old and a wonderful husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad who would go to any lengths to support and protect his family.”

3. March 8: The third person to die was a 60-year-old man who had been in Italy. He was receiving treatment at North Manchester General Hospital.

The man, originally from Bangladesh, suffered from cholesterol, arthritis, heart problems, liver problems and shortness of breath, according to his family.

4. March 9: Health officials announced the death of a woman in her 70s at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Like the others, the patient had pre-existing health problems.

5. March 9: The fifth fatality – a person in their 70s at St Helier Hospital in Sutton, Surrey – was announced shortly after the Wolverhampton death was confirmed.

The patient in Surrey had a number of significant and long-term health conditions.

6. March 9: A man in his 80s died at Watford General Hospital as he was treated for underlying conditions.

7. March 11: Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust confirmed a patient in their 70s being treated for underlying health conditions died on coronavirus.

8. March 11: An elderly patient being treated for a number of serious underlying health conditions at a hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, died of Covid-19

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