Eleven more patients with coronavirus have died overnight at hospitals across Leicester.
The University Hospitals of Leicester said it is the biggest increase in deaths across the city since the pandemic began.
The total deaths linked to the virus now stands at 37 in Leicester. All of the patients tested positive for Covid-19 and were being treated in hospitals.
They are all believed to have had underlying health conditions, with ages ranging between fifty and ninety years old.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly we can confirm that 37 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. Eleven of those deaths have been announced today (Friday April 3).”
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
Public Health England confirmed the number of deaths across the country also peaked to its highest, with another 684 deaths since yesterday.
The total number of deaths in the UK related to coronavirus now stands at 3,605.