THE Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has recorded two new coronavirus deaths in the latest 24-hour reporting period, according to NHS England data.

Figures released this afternoon (June 3) show that, as of 5pm yesterday, the number of deaths of patients testing positive for the virus was 176.

The trust covers both the Chester and Ellesmere Port hospital sites.

The Cheshire hospital death toll now stands at 601 – a daily increase of six.

In the East Cheshire NHS Trust, one more coronavirus deaths was reported, while the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust recorded two coronavirus deaths.

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recorded one death in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recorded the most deaths with 185, followed by the Countess (176), Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (124) and East Cheshire NHS Trust (116).

Across England, a further 179 people – up from 143 yesterday – who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 27,044.

Patients were aged between 12 and 97 years old. A total of four of the 179 patients were aged between 78 and 93, and had no known underlying health condition.

Today, 31 deaths are reported with no positive COVID-19 test result.