Coronavirus death toll at Shropshire health trusts hits 150
Another four people have died with coronavirus at the county's hospitals, taking the toll at Shropshire's major health trusts to 150.
NHS England has confirmed that all four patients died in the care of Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).
It means that 133 people have died and tested positive for Covid 19 at SaTH, 12 at Shropshire Community Health Trust, and five at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) near Oswestry.
The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also shows that 99 people died in the county’s care homes with coronavirus between April 10 and May 15.
In Mid Wales, 13 people been confirmed as dying with coronavirus by Powys Teaching Health Board.
However, figures from the Office for National Statistics show at least 75 people are suspected to have died with the virus in Powys – 41 of whom were in care homes.
The UK-wide death toll released by Government, which includes deaths in and out of hospitals, increased by 351 to 36,393 today but the true figure is thought to be far higher.
The number of deaths in English hospitals increased by 121 to 25,387.
Patients were aged between 41 and 98 years old. Three of the 121 patients (aged between 50 and 91) had no known underlying health condition. Their families have been informed. Wales has recorded 138 new cases and seven new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 72,984 and the total number of deaths to 1,254.
Meanwhile, both Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Council have expressed concerns over an increase in people visiting beauty spots, urging people to stay at home and exercise locally where possible.
In Mid Wales, lockdown restrictions remain in place, with increased fines being introduced for people who repeatedly breach the rules.
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Parents have been told that not all of Shropshire's schools will be ready to welcome pupils by June 1.
Shropshire Council has now written to parents to say risk assessments are being carried out and that "schools will only invite pupils back once the protective measures outlined by the government have been put in place".
Schools in Telford can judge for themselves when best to reopen, the borough council has said.
The council is encouraging schools to follow a phased approach to reopening based off their own risk assessments.
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