Two more UK coronavirus patients die as British death toll reaches eight

An eighth UK coronavirus patient has died, NHS England said.

Two deaths were announced this evening, jumping from six to eight.

The patients were from Dudley and Warwickshire.

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Diane Wake, said: "The Trust can confirm that a patient in their 70s being treated for underlying health conditions has died.

“The patient had tested positive for Covid-19. The family has been informed and our condolences and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy.”

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Doctors said the Warwickshire patient was elderly and was suffering from underlying conditions.

The number of UK cases currently stands at more than 380 following the outbreak in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.

Worldwide there have been more than 4,000 deaths, with over 117,000 cases.

It follows the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the outbreak a pandemic earlier today.

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Director-general, Tedros Adhanom Gnebreyesus, said: "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

"Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus.

"It doesn't change what WHO is doing, and it doesn't change what countries should do."

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