Six more patients with coronavirus have died at hospitals across Leicester, taking the total to 338.
The six patients were aged between their 60s and 80s, and passed away at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General Hospital.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 338 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.”
“Six of those deaths have been announced today (28 May, 2020). The ages of the patients range between those in their 60s to those in their 80s.”
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
The deaths announced today do not include people with Covid-19 who have died in other settings such as care homes.
The news came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further changes to lockdown restrictions today, allowing some schools to reopen and groups of up to six people allowed to meet in outdoor spaces.
The Prime Minister said all five tests to lift the lockdown in England have been met.
Primary schools and nurseries can reopen from Monday, and from 15 June, some secondary school pupils will be able to return to provide “some face to face contact time” for years 10 and 12.
The changes mean that friends and family can start to meet their loved ones, as long as those from different households remain two metres apart.