Coronavirus patient dies in Birmingham hospitalExcerpt:
A patient being treated for a new form of virus has died at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham (QEHB).
The patient, the fourth in the UK and the third in one family to be identified with a respiratory illness caused by a Sars-like coronavirus, became the first British fatality in this country when they died in the hospital's critical care unit on Sunday.
The hospital said in a statement: "The patient was already an outpatient at QEHB, undergoing treatment for a long-term, complex unrelated health condition. The patient was immuno-compromised and is believed to have contracted the virus from a relative who is being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital."
The hospital was working closely with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which is following up other household members and contacts of this case.
The patient is one of three family members from the West Midlands affected by the virus. The first, a man who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, was admitted to the Manchester hospital this month, and was the first UK resident to be identified with the infection. He was reported to have fallen ill on 26 January and was diagnosed with a severe illness on 31 January.