Coronavirus updates as lockdown urged and third county patient dies

By Kirsten Rawlins | Coronavirus | Published:

Follow the latest coronavirus updates from across Shropshire, Mid Wales, the UK and beyond.

Shoppers kept their distance at Asda in Great Bridge but people were congregating elsewhere over the weekend. Photo: John Kennett

A third coronavirus patent has died in Shropshire, it was confirmed this afternoon.

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to order a widespread lockdown after thousands of people ignored calls for “social distancing” to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

There are growing fears that Britain is on a similar trajectory to Italy – scene of the world’s worst outbreak – where the death toll passed 5,000 over the weekend.

The Prime Minister said he will be thinking “very, very actively” about what steps to take if people continue to gather in large numbers in defiance of calls to stay apart.

Meanwhile in Walsall, a 36-year-old nurse and mother-of-three is on a ventilator in intensive care after contracting coronavirus.

Areema Nasreen is in a critical condition at Walsall Manor Hospital where she works.

And for schools it is the first day they have been officially closed apart from for the children of "key workers".

The Department for Education has urged parents to keep their children at home unless their work is deemed “critical” to the country’s response to Covid-19 and they have no other childcare option.

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Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Digital Content Manager for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star. Also reviews concerts and events, as well as writing features and celebrity interviews. E-mail me at, or phone 01952 241440.

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