ALL people travelling to the UK from Italy who show symptoms have been told to self-isolate, as the first UK death from coronavirus has been confirmed.

The advice goes further than previous guidance which required people travelling from specific areas in Northern Italy to self-isolate.

The Department for Health and Social Care has now said all people coming to the UK from Italy are to put themselves into quarantine if they exhibit symptoms - regardless of how mild - as fears around the virus grow.

Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England said: “The situation in Italy means that we have decided it is prudent at this point to move from a geographical area of north Italy… to a geographical situation for all of Italy.

“The pattern of what people do is exactly the same as before.

“It’s about people from those areas, except for the cities which the Italian government specifies in lockdown, all other areas, only people who have got symptoms need to self-isolate.”

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One person in Britain has now died of the virus, with the number of confirmed cases sitting at 115 as of this morning. 

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary tweeted his sympathies for the Berkshire woman who became the first UK fatality earlier tonight. 

At 9am today, 18,083 people have been tested in the UK.

Speaking to reporters, Boris Johnston said: “In something like this, what the scientists say is you’ve got a range of things that you can do to arrest or check the spread of a disease."

“But you can’t fire your shots too early, it’s all about the timing and the progression.”