Number of UK patients who died after testing positive for COVID-19 rises to 422

A total of 422 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in the UK as of 1pm on Tuesday, the NHS has said.

The number of deaths rose from 335 in the UK as of 9am on Monday.

NHS England said a further 83 people had died in England, bringing the total number of deaths there to 386.

Patients were aged between 33 and 103 years old and all were in vulnerable groups including those with underlying conditions.

As of 9am on Tuesday, a total of 90,436 people have been tested, with 8,077 positive results, up from 6,650 at the same point on Monday.

Four deaths have been confirmed at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital – along with two at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The news comes on the first day of new social restrictions that were imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night.

As of Monday afternoon there were four confirmed cases in Stoke-on-Trent, 54 confirmed cases in Staffordshire and 18 in Cheshire East – updated local figures for Tuesday are not yet available.

Due to the fact only those admitted to hospital are tested the actual number of cases is likely to be far higher.

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