The number of hospital patients to die from coronavirus in England has risen by 18, according to the latest figures.
A total of 28,653 people, who tested positive for Covid-19, had died in English hospitals as of Sunday, June 28.
Patients were aged between 43 and 95 years old. One patient, aged 48, had no known underlying health conditions, NHS England said.
Another six deaths from the 18 recorded in the daily death toll took place in the Midlands.
Their families have been informed.
The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:
East of England 0
North East & Yorkshire 7
North West 1
South East 3
South West 0
The news comes after it was revealed a Midlands city could be the first to see the UK’s first local lockdown.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is said to be “examining” the legislation needed for a shutdown and a source told the paper Mr Hancock was considering “all options” to bring the flare-up under control.
It follows after food manufacturer Samworth Brothers confirmed a “handful” of staff at its Leicester-based sandwich factory had contracted the deadly bug, while five schools had also closed.