Over 2000 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Leicestershire

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Leicestershire has passed 2000 according to the latest Public Health England figures.

The number across the county now stands at 2020. Of these, 836 are within the city of Leicester and 1,184 in the wider Leicestershire county.

The number of coronavirus related deaths at Leicester Hospitals now stands at 313, with one further death recorded yesterday.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 313 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.”

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“One of those deaths has been announced today (20 May, 2020).”

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”

The news comes as Britain’s system for tracing those with Covid-19 was under fire today as it grappled with the development of a tracking app. Health workers warned the government that unless there was clarity it could suffer a second deadly wave.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a “world-beating” programme to test and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by June 1.

Britain is currently testing the app – based on Bluetooth – on the Isle of Wight, where the government says more than half the residents have downloaded it.

James Brokenshire, the junior interior minister in charge of security, said there were technical issues with the app but that traditional measures would be used until it works.

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