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Patient dies from novel coronavirus in UK

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 19 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1133
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A patient with the novel coronavirus has died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The patient—who died on 17 February—was believed to belong to a family being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital. Three cases in the United Kingdom have now occurred within the same family cluster, providing evidence of person to person transmission.1

The hospital disclosed that the patient who died was already an outpatient undergoing treatment for a long term, complex unrelated health condition, and was immunocompromised.

There have now been 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, four of which have …

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