THE Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has recorded a further six coronavirus deaths in 24 hours as the total number of people who have died in Cheshire rises above 100.

NHS England data released this afternoon (April 9) shows that, as of 5pm yesterday, the number of deaths recorded by the trust – which covers both the Countess of Chester Hospital and Ellesmere Port Hospital sites – now stands at 33.

That represents an increase of six deaths over a 24-hour period, with the latest figures also showing that a total of five people died on April 7.

The death toll in Cheshire has risen to 103 – an increase of 14 in the space of a day – with Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recording the most deaths with 34.

The figure recorded by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust remains the same at 20, while East Cheshire NHS Trust has now recorded 16.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county is 796, of which the most are in Cheshire West and Chester where 261 have been reported.

Cheshire East has 226 confirmed cases while Warrington has 182 and Halton has 127.

Across England, a further 765 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 7,248.

Patients were aged between 24 and 103 years-old. A total of 43 of the 765 patients were aged between 33 and 99 years-old, and had no known underlying health condition.