The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus has risen to more than seven thousand – it has been confirmed this afternoon.
The Department of Health confirmed a total of 7,097 have died in hospitals across the country after being confirmed to have Covid-19, an increase of 938.
The department said, as of 9am on Wednesday, 232,708 people have been tested of which 60,733 tested positive.
Overall, 282,074 tests have concluded, with 14,682 tests on Tuesday.
The overall test figure excludes data from Northern Ireland and test data from Charing Cross and Southampton has not been included because of a processing delay, the department added.
NHS England have this afternoon confirmed another 828 deaths in hospitals across England – bringing the total number of people who have died in English hospitals to 6,483.
At the government’s daily briefing, Chanceller Rishi Sunak announced £750m of funding for charities, including local charities – £360m from the government and the rest from the National Lottery.
On the Prime Minister’s condition he said: “The latest from the hospital is the Prime Minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.
“I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.
“The Prime Minister is not only my colleague and my boss but also my friend, and my thoughts are with him and his family.”
Mr Sunak added: “The news about the PM reminds us how indiscriminate this disease is.
“Nearly everyone will know someone who has been affected – friends, family, neighbours, colleagues.
“This is a terrible virus that respects no boundaries of status or geography or vocation.”
Mr Sunak said all Britons are taking part in a “collective national effort” to protect vulnerable people and public services and to save lives.
The overall number of patients who have died at the University Hospital of North Midlands – which consists of Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford – after being confirmed to have Covid-19 has risen to 65.
This is up from 60 in yesterday’s update from Public Health England.
At the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which includes Leighton Hospital in Crewe – three more cases have been confirmed, bringing the overall figure up to 29.
East Cheshire NHS Trust, which includes Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital, has recorded 13 deaths – up from 12 in yesterday’s update.
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