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Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire woman, 75, ‘first positive test within UK’

Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire woman, 75, ‘first positive test within UK’

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The earliest known person to contract coronavirus within the UK has been identified, scientists believe.Analysis of samples by the University of Nottingham showed a 75-year-old woman, from Nottinghamshire, tested positive on 21 February.She is also understood to be first in the UK to die after contracting Covid-19.A Surrey resident was previously believed to have caught the virus first.News of the case has emerged only now, because samples were being analysed in retrospect by researchers as they investigated the origins of the UK pandemic.Latest news and stories from the East MidlandsNearly 2,000 routine respiratory samples taken from patients at the Queen's Medical Centre, a Nottingham teaching hospital, between January and Marc...