Coronavirus deaths at Leicester Hospitals pass grim milestone

The number of patients with coronavirus who have died at hospitals across Leicester has now exceeded 400.

The announcement was made by University Hospitals of Leicester, who confirmed twenty-one patients had died over the last week, taking the total number of deaths to 420.

The twenty-one patients were aged between their 50s and 90s.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly we can confirm that 420 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.”

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“Twenty-one of those deaths have been announced since last Wednesday (1 July).  The ages of the patients range between those in their 50s to those in their 90s.

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

Leicester became the first city in the UK to be forced into a localised lockdown after seeing a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in June.

However, recent figures have shown the rate of infection in the city have fallen from 135 to 117 cases per 100,000 people.

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Despite the drop in infection rates, lockdown rules will remain in place until 18 July when they will be reviewed.

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