Third Shropshire coronavirus patient dies in hospital
A third Shropshire coronavirus patient has died, it has been confirmed.
The man was in his 40s and had underlying health conditions. He was being treated at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital.
It came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night ordered a full lockdown throughout Britain, threatening police fines for anyone who ignores new measures including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people.
NHS England said on Monday afternoon that a further 46 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 303.
Dr Arne Rose, Medical Director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.
“The patient, who died on 21 March, was in his 40s and had underlying health conditions.
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.
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There have now been three deaths attributed to coronavirus in the county. The latest is the second patient to die at PRH and then test positive from the virus, after a woman who was also in her 40s, died at the hospital on March 15.
A pensioner also tested positive for coronavirus after dying at a retirement complex in Shrewsbury earlier this month.
Three more coronavirus patients have been confirmed to have died in the Black Country. Two Wolverhampton patients and one Dudley patients were confirmed to have died.
NHS England said in a statement: "A further 46 people who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 303.
"Patients were aged between 47 and 105 years old and all had underlying health conditions.
"Their families have been informed."
Southwater multi-storey car park in Telford was also closed as council bosses stressed the importance of social distancing.
The closures will remain in force until further notice.
Parks and green spaces in the borough are being kept open, but people have been asked not to congregate in large groups and the situation is being kept under review.
Headteachers praised parents for heeding the plea to only send their children into school if there were nowhere else they could be looked after as only a small number of key workers' children turned up at their schools across the county.
St Laurence’s in Ludlow and Ashford Carbonel Bishop Hooper primary schools both shut their doors today for deep cleaning amid concerns about the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, more than 5,500 children were delivered packed lunches by staff from Telford & Wrekin Council as an emergency provision in the first days of school closures. Teams delivered to those eligible for free school meals.
Before McDonald's closes its doors tonight, queues of cars were seen lining up outside the restaurant on Telford's Wrekin Retail Park during the lunchtime run.
The chain of restaurants has been joined by a number of other big businesses, including Nando's, Greggs, Costa and Primark, to shut their doors amid concerns about maintaining social distancing.
Further events have also been postponed across the county including RAF Cosford Air Show and the Rock and Bowl festival in Market Drayton.
People have been urged to stop calling 999 in a panic as it emerged crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service were being asked for a ‘check over’ from callers thinking they have coronavirus symptoms.
It comes after three people who claimed to be investigating matters relating to coronavirus knocked on the door of a property on Thursday and refused to show identification when asked by the resident.
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