A "MUCH-loved" Cheshire healthcare assistant has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Janice Glassey, 66, who worked in the out-of-hours district nursing service for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Halton, Cheshire, died on Friday after contracting the virus, her employers said.

Chief executive of the trust Colin Scales said: "I am extremely saddened to confirm that our colleague Janice Glassey tragically passed away on April 24 after testing positive for coronavirus.

"Janice was 66 and was a healthcare assistant in our out-of-hours district nursing service, where she had worked for 14 years, providing care and compassion to many Halton patients and families.

"She was a much-loved and valued colleague and friend.

"On behalf of everyone at Bridgewater, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Janice's family, friends and loved ones at this most difficult time."