THE Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has recorded one additional coronavirus death in the latest 24-hour period, according to NHS England data.

Figures released this afternoon (May 20) show that, as of 5pm yesterday, the trust – which covers both the Chester and Ellesmere Port hospital sites – has now recorded 153 deaths.

Sadly, the patient who tested positive for the virus died yesterday.

The Standard revealed yesterday that more than 200 coronavirus patients had been discharged since the start of April.

The Cheshire Hospital death toll now stands at 535 – a daily increase of three deaths compared to eight yesterday.

The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recorded the most deaths with 163, followed by the Countess (153), Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (114) and East Cheshire NHS Trust (105).

There are now 3,234 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county, with Cheshire West and Chester reporting 1,009, Cheshire East (1,119), Halton (374) and Warrington (732).

Across England, a further 166 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 25,079.

Patients were aged between 33 and 99 years-old. A total of five of the 166 patients were aged between 54 and 70, and had no known underlying health condition.