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Covid-19: UK records first death, as world’s cases exceed 100 000

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 06 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m943

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The first death from covid-19 has been recorded in the UK, while the death toll across the world has exceeded 3300, with China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran having the highest numbers.

The UK patient, who was described as “older” and with underlying health conditions, had been “in and out of hospital for non-coronavirus reasons” before being tested and found positive for the virus.

As at 6 March more than 20 000 people had been tested for covid-19 in the UK, of whom 163 have been found positive. England has 147 cases, with 29 in London, 24 in the South East, 22 in the south West, and 21 in the North West. The North East and …

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