More patients have died in the Midlands after testing positive for coronavirus, as the UK death toll passes 1,000.
Today, an NHS trust in Shropshire announced three more people had died after contracting the virus, taking the total to six. In Stoke, a patient in their 60s, who had underlying health conditions, also died, as well as several patients in Nottingham.
In a statement on their website, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust said: "Sadly we can confirm that six patients being cared for at our hospitals, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. Three of those have been announced today.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patient at this very difficult and distressing time."
A man has also died at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The 67-year-old had underlying health conditions and passed away on Thursday.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust also updated its statement this afternoon to confirm that 10 patients had now died.
Dr Keith Girling, Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals said: "Sadly we can confirm that 10 patients, that had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. The patients were aged between 66 and 98, and all bar one had underlying health conditions.”
“The 10th patient died on 26 March. She was 87 years old. The families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”
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