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Man dies at Shrewsbury hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

By Dominic Robertson | Shrewsbury | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

The trust running Shropshire's major hospitals has confirmed another patient has died who tested positive for coronavirus,

The man, who was in his 90s, died at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on Thursday.

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He is the fifth person to die in the county after testing positive for Covid-19.

Dr Arne Rose, medical director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), said on Friday: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shropshire and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

“The patient, who died on March 26, was in his 90s and had underlying health conditions.

“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

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Four new cases have been reported in Telford and nine in Shropshire, meaning the overall number of cases in the county has risen by 13 to 74

A total of 759 patients have now died in the UK, including 679 in England, while 14,543 people in the UK have tested positive.

The 181 patients confirmed to have died in England on Friday were between 29 and 98 years old and all had underlying health conditions, apart from four who were aged between 82 and 91.

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Among the latest people to have tested positive for the virus are Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock who are both now self-isolating.

The pair, who are leading the country’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, both said they have mild symptoms and are continuing to work from their homes.

Mr Johnson, who has a high temperature and persistent cough, said he would still lead the “national fightback” against the virus from his flat above Number 11.

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