Portsmouth's first case of coronavirus was confirmed one year ago today

It has been exactly one year since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Portsmouth – and the first death was recorded in the city’s hospital.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 10:28 am

Public Health England announced that a person had tested positive for Covid-19 in the city on March 14, 2020.

The city’s first positive Covid test came nine days before the country went into the first lockdown and at the time 41 cases had been confirmed in Hampshire, making it the county most affected by the pandemic at the time.

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Community support officers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

It was also the first day that QA recorded a Covid-related death.

On March 14, 2020, a total of 1,140 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the UK – in the year that has followed this has increased to more than four million.

At the time 21 deaths linked to the virus had been confirmed across the country; 12 months later 125,343 people have died within 28 days of positive test and more than 2.6 million people have died from Covid across the world.

However 12 months after the first Covid case in Portsmouth was confirmed, the national vaccination programme is well under way and more than 23 million people have had at least one dose in the UK.

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