Coronavirus: Two more hospital deaths confirmed in Shropshire
A further two patients have died with coronavirus at Shropshire's major hospitals.
NHS England has confirmed that both patients died in the care of Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).
It means that 128 people have now died and tested positive for Covid-19 while in the care of the county's major health trusts since the outbreak began.
A further 77 people have also died with coronavirus in the county's care homes between April 10 and May 8, meaning the confirmed total for the county is now 205 – but the real figure is likely to be higher.
The UK-wide death toll released by the Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospitals, increased by 494 to 33,186 today but the true figure is thought to be substantially higher.
Of the 128 to die at Shropshire health trusts 116 have died at SaTH, seven at Shropshire Community Health Trust, and five at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, near Oswestry.
In Powys 12 people have now died and tested positive for Covid-19.
He said this would enable a “track-and-trace approach” to be taken with any confirmed cases, as schools plan to begin a phased reopening from June 1.
Mr Williamson added that, based on the medical and scientific advice, the reintroduction of classroom teaching next month was “the right thing to do and the only reasonable thing to do”.
Nine unions, representing school leaders, teachers and support staff, have accused the Government of showing a “lack of understanding” about the dangers of the spread of coronavirus in schools.
The joint statement, published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), warns that staff will “not be protected” by social distancing if primary schools reopen to more year groups from next month.
It says: “We call on the Government to step back from June 1 and work with us to create the conditions for a safe return to schools based on the principles and tests we have set out.”
The Prime Minister insisted the number of outbreaks and fatalities in care homes is now “well down”, as he sought to defend his handling of the crisis.
Figures released on Tuesday suggested that care home deaths accounted for some 40 per cent of coronavirus-related fatalities registered in England and Wales in the week ending May 1.
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