Coronavirus: Two more deaths in Shropshire as Government faces NHS testing criticism
Read updates from today across Shropshire, Mid Wales and beyond as the UK death toll rises by 563 in one day - with a further two people dying in Shropshire.
The UK death toll has increased by more than 30 per cent to 2,352 after by far the largest single-day rise since the Covid-19 crisis began.
Among these figures were a further two deaths at Shropshire and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. A total of 15 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now died in Shropshire.
A total of 486 more deaths have been confirmed in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 2,137.
In Wales, 247 new patients have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,837. A total of 29 further deaths have been reported, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 98. Among the new cases of coronavirus, there are a total of seven new patients in Powys.
Meanwhile the Government is coming under increasing pressure over coronavirus tests as healthcare leaders warned there is “no immediate prospect” of mass NHS staff testing.
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It comes as 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab became the youngest victim of Covid-19 in England.
Locally, the boss of of Shropshire's main hospitals trust says both Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals have enough personal protective equipment in his column for the Star.
Meanwhile a widow from Bridgnorth has made an emotional plea for people to heed the Government’s advice as she paid tribute to her “dearly loved” husband who died after contracting coronavirus.
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