Coronavirus: Further two deaths confirmed at Shropshire hospitals

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

Two more people have died at Shropshire's major hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been announced.

The announcement from NHS England on Thursday means that 36 people have now died with the virus at either Princess Royal Hospital Telford or Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, with another patient dying at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic hospital near Oswestry.

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The latest figures mean that a total of 7,978 people have died with the virus in hospitals in the UK since the outbreak began.

NHS England confirmed 765 more people had died, with 43 of these patients having no known underlying health condition, the youngest of which was 33. A total of 7,248 have now died in England.

In Wales a further 41 people have died, taking the total in the country to 286, while the Public Health Scotland says 447 people have died with the virus in its hospitals.

There have also now been 62 positive tests for the virus in Powys, with the figure continuing to rise.

The news comes as tourist hotspots have said holidaymakers and second homeowners are not welcome during the Easter weekend, as they urged visitors to stay at home.


A Police community support officer patrols Brighton beach (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Councils across the UK have said those planning a weekend getaway can expect to be turned away by police, while local residents have been reporting visitors suspected of flocking to second homes or holiday lets.

Police will have the “full support” of Government in enforcing the coronavirus lockdown, Downing Street has said. As the country heads into the Easter bank holiday weekend, No 10 said it is at a “critical juncture” in the battle to curb the spread of the disease.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman made clear there can be no early lifting of the strict social distancing rules, urging the public to “stick with it”.


A sign attached to a traffic light on the A64 heading towards the Scarborough (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s condition “continues to improve” in intensive care where he has spent three nights while being treated for the coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister had a “good night” in St Thomas’ Hospital in London and thanks the NHS for the “brilliant care” he has received, his official spokesman said on Thursday.

The weekly “claps for carers” have been providing “wonderful, unifying moments” for the country while it is hoped millions will turn out again at 8pm, his spokesman added.

He was said to be continuing with “standard oxygen treatment”, while it was indicated he has not taken part in any drug trials for Covid-19.

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