2020-03-09 22:58:56 NHS England confirmed that a fifth patient in the UK has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

It comes as anyone with even mild symptoms of a cold or flu is likely to be asked to stay at home in self-isolation very soon, England’s chief medical officer has said.

The UK is “very close” to insisting a seven-day self-isolation upon anyone with “even minor respiratory tract infections or a fever”, Chris Whitty has said.

Professor Whitty said that the UK will reach that stage “probably within the next 10-14 days”.

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