Two members of staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have died

Two members of staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have died, the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced.

The two men who have not been named were hospital porters and both married to members of the nursing team.

It comes as the Government announced earlier today that 19 NHS staff have died during the Covid-19 outbreak.

A statement from the hospital trust said: "Both men were popular and hard-working members of our fantastic team of porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital. They will be sorely missed by their colleagues as well as family and friends in the wider community.

"As colleagues we will be supporting both families as best we can through their loss and we know that they will also be supported by the wonderful Filippino Community here in Oxford in which both families play a significant part."

In a personal message to all staff Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer, and Sir Jonathan Montgomery, Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This tragic loss of our two colleagues touches us all.

"We are a team and every single member of our team is precious. None of us can deliver our service to patients alone. We all need each other and we stand together in honouring the memories of our colleagues and together we share in the sadness of their families."