THERE have been two more coronavirus related deaths in Worcestershire hospitals, bringing the total to 288.

The latest figures, announced by the NHS today (June 2), show there was one new death recorded at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals, bringing its total to 260, plus another death at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, bringing its total to 28.

The latest figures relate to new deaths being announced (the deaths did not all happen on the same day).

These deaths mean there have now been at least 490 coronavirus deaths in Worcestershire in all settings

Across England, a further 179 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,044.

Patients were aged between 12 and 97 years old. Four of the 179 patients (aged between 78 and 93) had no known underlying health condition.

The acute hospital trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.

The health and care NHS trust covers community hospitals and rehabilitation wards, including Worcester City Impatient Unit, Malvern Community Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital, Pershore Community Hospital, the Princess of Wales Community Hospital in Bromsgrove, Tenbury Community Hospital and the Wyre Forest Ward.

The Department of Health said 39,728 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Tuesday, up by 359 from 39,369 the day before.

There have been 1,031 deaths across the UK since May 23, and together with the total figure of 49,028 registered deaths, this means the overall death toll for the UK is now just over 50,000.