Coronavirus: UK live updates as 1 death and 116 cases reported in Britain

  • The UK has reported 116 cases of coronavirus and one fatality as of Friday morning.
  • The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty reported on Thursday that an elderly woman with underlying health conditions had died after contracting the virus.
  • The UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser said coronavirus outbreaks may become an annual event with little chance of a vaccine being created this year.
  • Parliamentary authorities are considering closing for up to five months amid fears that Members of Parliament could become “super-spreaders.”
  • Funeral companies have announced plans to live-stream services if the epidemic takes hold
  • Officials are considering plans to order the public to work at home for at least three months.
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The UK has reported a total of 116 cases of the coronavirus, with the country’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty confirming on Thursday the first case of a patient dying in the UK after contracting the virus.

Whitty said the woman, who died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, was an older patient with underlying health conditions.

The news came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved the country towards seeking to delay, rather than contain the onset of a full epidemic.

The coronavirus causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. More than 3,200 people have died and more than 94,000 others have been infected across the world, about 85% of whom are in China. Cases have been recorded in at least 80 countries.

The UK is seeing a rising number of cases of “community spread” — those patients had no known exposure to the virus or travel history to countries where outbreaks have been reported.

For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.

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