COVID-19: Bristol registers first Coronavirus death
The South Western English city of Bristol has today registered the first death of the Coronavirus as the number of infection cases increase.
The man in his lates fifties according to Bristol Royal Infamary (BRI) died on Sunday and had tested positive of the virus, reported BristolLive. The man who is believed to have come from Clevedon, a suburb of Bristol in the North Somerset county had underlining health conditions prior to infection.
The patient was cared for at the BRI hospital in Bristol until his death on Sunday, 15th March.
A spokesperson for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.”
Bristol is home to hundreds of Gambians and significant number of Gunjurians live in and around the city.
What is COVID-19?
According to World Health Organisation, COVID19 is the disease caused by a kind of coronavirus which first originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. WHO characterises COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020 as the disease began to spread exponentially worldwide.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, it is not known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
1. wash your hands with soap and water often do this for at least 20 seconds
2. always wash your hands when you get home or into work
3. use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
4. cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
5. put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
6. try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
7. do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean