THERE have been five more coronavirus related deaths in Worcestershire hospitals, bringing the total to 262.

The latest figures, announced by the NHS today (May 19), show the five more deaths were at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals, bringing its total to 239.

There were no further deaths recorded at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, so it remains at a total of 23.

The five deaths follow two successive days when no new deaths had been announced.

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

In England a further 174 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals nationally to 24,913. Patients were aged between 40 and 101 years old.

And six of the 174 patients, aged between 45 and 90, had no known underlying health condition.

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 Wye Forest Ward.

The government releases a daily figure for deaths outside of hospitals.

Public Health England does not publish a regional breakdown of this number.