A further 44 Coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed at Leicester’s hospitals over the Christmas week.
The numbers include those who have died at either the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and General Hospital after testing positive.
The fatalities, announced today, were patients aged between their 50s and their 90s.
Today’s confirmation means that 748 patients have now died on city hospital wards after a Covid diagnosis.
A University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 748 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.
“44 of those deaths have been announced since last Wednesday (23 December). The ages of the patients ranged between those in their 50s to those in their 90s.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
The youngest person to die with Covid at the city’s hospitals so far was in their 20s.
That death occurred earlier in the pandemic.
A patient in their 100s is the oldest to have died with the virus while being treated on a city hospital ward.
Last week, 31 deaths were confirmed by the trust. The week before, 41 deaths were announced.
It has been confirmed Leicester and Leicestershire will move into Tier 4 restrictions from midnight in an attempt to reduce infection rates and take pressure of the NHS which is struggling with the impact of extra patients.