A second patient being treated with coronavirus at the Leicester Royal Infirmary has died.
The news was confirmed this afternoon and sees the total number of deaths in the UK rise to 167.
The man who died is believed to be in his eighties and had underlying health conditions. No other details about the patient have been released.
Last week, a man in his eighties also died at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, after contracting the virus. He also had underlying health conditions.
A statement released by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.”
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”
“The trust is continuing to follow all of the appropriate infection control guidance to provide safe and effective care to our patients.”
In other developments, the Prime Minister ordered pubs, restaurants and cafes to close their doors this evening and not reopen tomorrow in an effort to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
The government will pay up to 80 per cent of the wages of people unable to work during the coronavirus crisis, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
Payments of up to £2,500 per worker per month would be backdated to March, he said, as he laid out an unprecedented raft of measures to support UK jobs.