The latest person to
die from the virus was in their 70s and had
underlying health conditions, according to the
UK government's chief medical adviser Prof Chris
He said the patient,
who was being treated at a hospital in
Wolverhampton, appeared to have contracted the
virus in the UK and that officials were tracing
people they had been in contact with.
Following the Cobra
meeting, Downing Street said the prime minister
"will be guided by the best scientific advice"
but there was no need to cancel sporting events
at this stage.
Ministers have also
been meeting with sports bodies to discuss their
response to the outbreak, which could include
staging matches behind closed doors.
It comes as Ireland's
Six Nations rugby match in France on
Saturday has been postponed, following
an earlier decision to postpone England's match
in Italy. However, Wales's game against Scotland
in Cardiff is to go ahead as scheduled.
two cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus were
confirmed in Wales and another
five in Scotland on Monday.