A patient with coronavirus has died at St Helier Hospital.

Daniel Elkeles, chief executive for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We can confirm that sadly, a patient in their seventies who was very unwell with a number of significant and long-term health conditions has passed away at St Helier Hospital. They had tested positive for Covid-19.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient's family and loved ones at this difficult time."

A message posted on the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust website Monday afternoon read: "We are receiving lots of enquiries about appointments at our hospitals and in the community.

"Our services are unaffected and running as normal.

"All scheduled appointments will continue as normal, unless patients have been individually contacted and told otherwise.

"Please be advised, if you are experiencing symptoms that are similar to those of the coronavirus you should not attend our hospitals or have a home visit from our community services."

Visit 111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 (opens in a new window) for advice or call NHS 111.

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As of 9am on Monday, 319 people have tested positive for coronavirus, up from 273 at the same point on Sunday, the Department of Health said.

Public Health England (PHE) will continue to trace close contacts of anybody diagnosed with coronavirus in the containment phase, advising them to self-isolate at home to delay the spread of the virus.

The Government's action plan for the disease has three separate stages - contain, delay and mitigate - alongside a research programme.

Moving to the next stage, an attempt to delay the spread of the outbreak, would mean that social distancing measures - such as restricting public gatherings and more widespread advice to stay at home - could be brought in.

Boris Johnson chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday morning and the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We remain in the contain phase, but it is now accepted that this virus is going to spread in a significant way and that's why officials have been working at speed on further steps we can take to delay the spread of the virus."

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.