A man in his 60s has become the third person in the UK to die after testing positive for coronavirus.
The man, who had “significant” underlying health problems, died at North Manchester General Hospital, NHS England said.
He had recently returned from Italy and was being treated at the hospital’s specialist infectious diseases unit.
It comes after UK cases rose to 273 on Sunday, up from 209 on Saturday – the biggest rise yet.
Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said: “I am very sorry to report that a third patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died.
“I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their privacy is respected.
“The patient, who was being treated at the North Manchester General Hospital, was over 60 years old and had significant underlying health conditions.
“They had recently travelled from an affected area. Contact tracing is already underway.”
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