The number of patients who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 at the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust has risen to 158.
NHS England have confirmed three more people who were confirmed to have the coronavirus have died at the trust – which includes Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital.
More than 250 people have also recovered at the site since the pandemic began.
The number of deaths at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – which operates Haywood Hospital, Cheadle Community Hospital, Leek Moorlands Hospital, Bradwell Community Hospital and others – has risen to two. There is no information at this stage on which individual hospitals the deaths have occurred at.
The number at Harplands Hospital remains at one.
Four more people have died with the virus at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Crewe‘s Leighton Hospital – bringing the figure there up to 96.
Another three deaths have also been confirmed at the East Cheshire NHS Trust – which operates Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital – bringing the total there to 63.
Across the UK total of 19,506 patients had died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Thursday, the Department of Health said this afternoon, up by 768 from 18,738 the day before.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the number of people who have died in the last 24 hours – it’s the number of people who have died in hospital having contracted coronavirus that have been included in today’s publicly released figures by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
Many hospitals will not report deaths that happened over the weekend until the middle of the following week.
The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
The Department of Health said, as of 9am on Friday, 444,222 people have been tested of which 143,464 tested positive.
Overall, 612,031 tests have concluded, with 28,532 tests carried out on Thursday.
Across the world there have now been at least 190,872 deaths and 742,855 recoveries.
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