A further 28 people – aged between 47 and 93 – have died after testing positive for coronavirus in England, NHS England said, bringing the total deaths in the UK to 463.
Today’s number brings the total confirmed number of deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in England to 414.
They included a 47-year-old who did not have an underlying health condition.
The others who died, including one person aged 93, did have underlying health conditions.
NHS England said their families have been informed.
One of the deaths was at the University Hospitals of North Midlands – which comprises Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford County Hospital. The NHS statement did not clarify which of the two hospitals.
There have now been 9,529 cases confirmed across the UK.
In Stoke-on-Trent the number has risen to 12 confirmed cases, there are now 97 in Staffordshire and 30 in Cheshire East – although since generally only those taken to hospital are tested the actual figures will be far higher.
The 28 people whose deaths after testing positive for coronavirus were announced on Wednesday were at the following trusts:
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust: 4
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust: 2
Barts Health NHS Trust: 4
Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust: 1
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: 1
North East London NHS Foundation Trust: 1
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: 1
Royal Free London NHS Trust: 2
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust: 4
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust: 1
Pennine Acute Trust: 2
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust: 2
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital: 2
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust: 1
Emergency services and public sector bodies in Staffordshire have confirmed a ‘major incident’.
Police in the county are also asking people only to contact them if necessary after being inundated with messages.