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Man in 50s one of four coronavirus deaths in East of England

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said the man had underlying health conditions Credit: PA

Four people have died from coronavirus at hospitals in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, including a man in his 50s.

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital confirmed the death on Tuesday evening, adding that the man had underlying health conditions.

A statement from the hospital said: "Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time."

The patient who died at West Suffolk Hospital was in their 70s Credit: ITV Anglia

The first confirmed death in Suffolk was announced by West Suffolk Hospital on Tuesday.

Medical Director Nick Jenkins said the patient was in their 70s and had underlying health conditions.

Two further deaths have been confirmed by the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

“We can confirm that sadly, two patients in their 80s who had underlying health conditions have passed away at ESNEFT. They had tested positive for COVID-19.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

– Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of ESNEFT

On Tuesday Mr Hulme told ITV Anglia that "more people will die" unless the government rules on staying at home was followed.

The latest figures show 28 cases of coronavirus have been officially confirmed in Suffolk, with 42 in Norfolk and 103 in Essex; the real number is expected to be much higher, as not everyone is being tested.

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