Total coronavirus deaths in Leicester increases to 61

Ten more patients with coronavirus have died overnight at hospitals across Leicester.

The total deaths linked to the virus now stands at 61 in Leicester. All of the patients tested positive for Covid-19 and were being treated in hospitals.

The patients are believed to have had underlying health conditions, with ages ranging between fifty and ninety years old.

A spokesperson for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 61 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for Covid-19, have died.”

“Ten of those deaths have been announced today (7 April, 2020).”

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

Overall deaths in the UK increased by 786 in the past 24 hours, with the total now standing at 6,159.

However, the government’s chief scientific adviser told the Downing Street briefing yesterday that the number of coronavirus cases in the UK “could be moving in the right direction”.

Sir Patrick Vallance said it was “possible that we’re beginning to see… the curve flattening”.

As of 9am yesterday, 213,181 people have been tested, of which 55,242 tested positive, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

An update on the health of Boris Johnson was also provided, after he spent his second night in intensive care

The PM is “comfortable, he’s stable, he’s in good spirits”, said health minister Edward Argar on Wednesday morning.

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