THERE have been three further deaths related to coronavirus in Worcestershire hospitals, bringing the total up to 293.

The latest figures, announced by the NHS today (June 9), show the two more deaths were at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals, bringing its total to 265.

There were no further deaths at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, so it remains at a total of 28.

The latest figures relate to new deaths being announced (the deaths did not all happen on the same day).

In England a further 129 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals nationally to 27,619. Patients were aged between 26 and 100 years old.

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And three patients, aged between 78 and 93, had no known underlying health conditions.

The acute hospital trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.

The health and care NHS trust covers community hospitals and rehabilitation wards, including Worcester City Impatient Unit, Malvern Community Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital, Pershore Community Hospital, the Princess of Wales Community Hospital in Bromsgrove, Tenbury Community Hospital and the Wyre Forest Ward.

The figures on deaths relate to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for Covid-19. They do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes, prisons, ambulances or in the community.

The government releases a daily figure for deaths in all settings, which stands at 286 for June 9 bringing the overall total number of deaths in the UK to 40,883. Public Health England does not give a regional breakdown.

But using Office of National Statistics data up to May 29, added with hospital deaths since, reveals the number of Covid-19 related deaths in the county is at least 496 across all settings.