Latest figures revealed the number of people to have died in Cheshire after contracting the deadly coronavirus rose in the last 24 hours.
Public Health England confirmed 86 people had now died at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
This is an increase of six overnight.
No new deaths have been reported at East Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital, with 47 people having died after contracting the virus.
It comes as the number of people nationally to have died after contracting Covid-19 now stands at 14,829. PHE confirmed a further 429 people were reported to have died in the last day.
Meanwhile the number of people who died at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford – rose by three to 127.
NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including new deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.
This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem tests to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the total number of people who have died – 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.
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