TODAY marks a fifth day without a new Covid-related death being recorded at Worcestershire's hospitals.

The zero figure from the latest NHS England daily figures (Tuesday, March 30) means the number of deaths recorded in the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust remains at 797 and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s total stays at 63.

In total, there have been 860 Covid-19 deaths in county hospitals and at least 1,307 in all settings.

Nationally, a further 40 people who tested positive for the Covid-19 died, bringing to 86,234 the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England.

Those 40 patients were aged between 31 and 97 years old. All except one, who was aged 59, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths occured between December 19, 2020, and March 29 with the majority being on or after March 25. Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

East of England - 3

London - 2

Midlands - 13

North East & Yorkshire - 9

North West - 8

South East – 4

South West - 1

The Acute Hospitals 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.