Coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide since it first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
Now there have been 456 confirmed cases in the UK, with six deaths.
That is 83 more cases than the previous day, which is the biggest increase since the killer bug was first detected in the UK.
A significant increase in cases is expected in the UK in about 10 to 14 days, according to England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.
It’s worth remembering that the chances of catching coronavirus are still low.
The death rate is believed to be between 1-2%.
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A new study has looked into the death risks associated with catching COVID-19.
The study was published in The Lancet and looked at 191 patients with the disease in hospitals in Wuhan.
The study established that those who are of older age, showing signs of sepsis, and having blood clotting issues to have a higher risk of dying from the virus.
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Dr Zhibo Liu, co-author of the study, said: “Older age, showing signs of sepsis on admission, underlying diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and the prolonged use of non-invasive ventilation were important factors in the deaths of these patients.
“Poorer outcomes in older people may be due, in part, to the age-related weakening of the immune system and increased inflammation that could promote viral replication and more prolonged responses to inflammation, causing lasting damage to the heart, brain and other organs.”
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The NHS says: “People of all ages can get coronavirus.
“Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) are more likely to become severely ill with the virus.
“People of all ages should follow simple measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading, for example by washing their hands often with soap and water.”
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