Leicester’s hospitals have announced a further six coronavirus related deaths today.
The deaths mean that the total number of people to die after testing positive for Covid-19 in the city’s hospital wards since the pandemic began now stands at 471.
Today’s fatalities have been added to the overall toll since last week’s update.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said that the patients who had died were aged between their 70s and their 90s.
A spokesperson for the trust, which runs the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the General and Glenfield hospitals, said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 471 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for Covid-19, have died.
“Six of those deaths have been announced since last Wednesday (21 October).
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
While the announcement covers the period from Wednesday, October 21, until today, reporting delays mean some of those deaths could have occurred before October 21.
Last week, eight coronavirus related deaths were confirmed by the trust.
The number of people who have died in the UK’s hospital with coronavirus has risen by 248 in the last 24 hours. It is the second-highest increase since May.
Yesterday 252 fatalities were added to the overall hospital death toll.
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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, reported no new deaths.
There have been no fatalities in settings run by the trust since June. Some 21 patients have died while being cared for at LPT’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic.