Three more patients being treated with coronavirus at Leicester Hospitals have died.
This brings the total number of deaths to nine in Leicester.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “We can confirm that sadly three patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 have passed away at our hospitals.”
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the patients’ families and loved ones at this difficult time.”
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Leicestershire now stands at 143, with 45 in Leicester and 98 in the wider county.
This morning, the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK jumped by 181 since yesterday. The death toll now stands at 759, with 14,579 confirmed cases.
To show their appreciation for the NHS, people around the UK took part in a “Clap for Carers” tribute yesterday, saluting NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of Britons joined in the show of support for the NHS. The Royal Family and the prime minister also joined well-wishers who flocked to their balconies and windows to applaud.
A message from the NHS on social media described the tribute as “emotional”.