NHS confirms second UK coronavirus patient death as infected toll hits 164

An elderly man who died in Milton Keynes has been confirmed to be the UK's second coronavirus victim.

Health authorities had not earlier confirmed whether the man had died from the illness, but have tonight confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.

NHS England confirmed the patient had been infected with Covid-19.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “I am very sorry to report a second patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died. I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected.

“The patient, who was being treated at the Milton Keynes University Hospital, was an older patient who had underlying health conditions. Contact tracing is already underway.”

It follows the death of a woman aged in her 70s in Berkshire from the virus, who became the first victim of the outbreak in the UK.

The first Brit to die of the illness was aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan due to an outbreak aboard the vessel.

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