Coronavirus updates: Lockdown extended as more cases confirmed in area

The UK lockdown to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended by another three weeks – Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced yesterday.

At yesterday’s government briefing Mr Raab said relaxing the lockdown would risk a significant increase in the spread of coronavirus.

He said: “The worst thing that we can do right now is to ease up too soon, and allow a second peak of the virus to hit the NHS and hit the British people.

“It would be the worst outcome not just for public health but for the economy and for our country as a whole.”

Among other local updates:

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – consisting of Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford – has now confirmed 110 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus, with another confirmed at Harplands Hospital.

There have been 70 deaths at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Crewe’s Leighton Hospital and 35 at East Cheshire NHS Trust, which consists of hospitals in Macclesfield and Conglelton.

Public Health England has now confirmed 240 cases of Covid-19 in Stoke-on-Trent, 1,051 in the rest of Staffordshire and 477 in Cheshire East.

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