MORE than 50 people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Cheshire have died – with the Countess of Chester Hospital recording a further two deaths in a 24-hour period, according to figures released this afternoon (April 5).

NHS England has confirmed that, as of 5pm yesterday, the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has recorded a total of 15 deaths.

In Cheshire the death toll has increased by 11 to 59, with 19 recorded by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 14 by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. and 11 by East Cheshire NHS Trust.

In hospitals in England a further 555 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths to 4,494.

Patients were aged between 33 years and 103 years-old. Of the 555 patients, a total of 29 – aged between 35 and 95 – had no known underlying health condition.

Across the UK, a total of 4,934 patients have died – which is an increase of 621 deaths over a 24-period. Yesterday the daily increase was 708.