Friday, March 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Two British Airways baggage handlers test positive for killer infection

Two British Airways baggage handlers have tested positive for coronavirus as the UK total increased to 163.

They have been told to isolate themselves at home. A British Airways spokesman said: "Public Health England has confirmed that two members of our staff have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

"The colleagues have been isolated and are recovering at home."

A man in his 80s, who had underlying health conditions, is feared to have become the second person to die in the UK.

He was being treated at Milton Keynes Hospital in Buckinghamshire and is thought to have contracted Covid-19.

It comes a day after a woman in her 70s, who also had pre-existing medical conditions, became the first to die after catching the flu-like virus, which has now infected more than 100,000 people around the world.

Five new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Scotland, taking its total to 11.