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Patient dies from coronavirus

A patient has died at a Birmingham hospital after contracting the Sars-like coronavirus, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said.

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Victim believed to have contracted rare virus from a relative

A patient being treated for the rare coronavirus at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has died.

The hospital released a statement saying the patient passed away on Sunday morning in the critical care unit.

The statement revealed the victim was already an outpatient at the hospital, undergoing treatment for a long-term, complex unrelated health condition and was particularly vulnerable to infections:

"The patient was immuno-compromised and is believed to have contracted the virus from a relative who is being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital.

QEHB is working closely with the Health Protection Agency which is currently following up other household members and contacts of this case."

– Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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