Globally coronavirus – official name COVID-19 – cases are on the rise, with 105,766 cases across the world at the time of writing. Of these, 3,564 have died – the majority in China where the virus originated.
In recent days, the number of cases has grown rapidly, with the latest three coronavirus cases declared in Northern Ireland.
As of Saturday, cases in the UK grew to 209 – the most in one day so far – with 49 diagnoses.
The death toll in the UK from the virus stands at two, both elderly patients who had pre-existing conditions.
Of the 209 infected, 189 are currently sick and 17 have recovered.
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Where in the UK are coronavirus cases?
Across the UK there are 209 cases of coronavirus, growing significantly in the past week.
- Northern Ireland – Seven cases, with three declared on Saturday evening
- England – 184 cases
- Wales – Two cases
- Scotland – 16 cases
There are 15 cases in which the location is still to be confirmed.
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In England, the area with the most cases is London, which has 29 instances of coronavirus.
This is followed by the South East of England, with 24 cases.
Next is the South West with 21 cases, then the North East and Yorkshire with 13.
Sixth is the Midlands with 12 cases, and finally, the East of England has 11 cases.
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Across the UK, the Department of Health has said more than 21,000 people have been tested for the virus.
On Thursday evening a patient, reported to be a woman in her 70s, was the first person in the UK to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19 while at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
On Friday, it was confirmed a man in his early 80s had become the second person to die in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.
The man, who had underlying health conditions, died on Thursday while being treated at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
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A statement issued by the hospital on behalf of his family on Saturday paid tribute to him as a “truly loving and wonderful person”.
They said: ”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.”
The family, who do not want to be identified, said they had been tested and told to self-isolate as a precaution.
They said: ”This whole nightmare is not something that we or our loved one asked for.
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“As we are in isolation currently, we cannot arrange for him to be put to rest and with all the activity that is going around with regards to everyone’s concerns, we cannot grieve him as we would wish to.”
Currently, officials are working on contact tracing, getting in touch with those who may have come into contact with people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
A second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Cornwall.
Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health, said on Saturday: “The case is a resident directly linked to the initial diagnosis in Cornwall, who had also travelled to Northern Italy.”
Public Health England (PHE) is contacting people who have had close contact with a second confirmed coronavirus case in Nottingham.
Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said the Nottingham resident was a family member of the city’s first case, who recently returned from South Korea.
PHE is also contacting people who had close contact with a Leicestershire resident who is one of the latest confirmed cases of Covid-19.
On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra civil contingencies committee as officials prepare to accelerate work on the delay phase of the Government’s plan to tackle the virus.
PHE has said people may need to help older relatives and neighbours obtain food supplies if social distancing measures, such as not going to cinemas, pubs or sporting events, are put in place.