A patient in their 50s has died after testing positive for coronavirus at a Leicester hospital.
Theirs is one of four deaths reported by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust today.
The patients, aged between their 50s and 70s, were all being cared for at one of the trust’s three hospitals – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and the Glenfield Hospital – and had tested positive for Covid-19.
“Sadly, we can confirm that 457 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for Covid-19, have died.
“Four of those deaths have been announced since last Wednesday (October 7).
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
Since the start of the pandemic 457 people with coronavirus have died at Leicester’s hospitals. The patients have been aged between their 20s and 90s and died after testing positive for Covid-19.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust reported no increase in fatalities today. Some 21 patients have died at community hospitals across the county since March.
Last week it was revealed medics at Leicester’s hospitals were close to discharging the ‘last couple’ of coronavirus patients before cases started to rise again.
Numbers were slowly decreasing and in August, there were 18 patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 in city hospital beds.
LeicestershireLive understands more than 40 patients are currently being treated across the three sites, with some of them requiring intensive care.
This means the number of inpatients with the virus is on the up, with the latest figures available, which relate to the week before October 1, showing that there were around 30 virus patients being looked after by the trust.
Acting chief executive at Leicester’s hospitals, Rebecca Brown, said: “We’re in the foothills of a second wave now and given the national and local picture, we’re planning for a very tough winter.”
The government’s new local lockdown rules came into force today.
It is understood that the three-tier system takes into account the number of patients being treated for coronavirus in an area’s hospitals before deciding whether it is a very high, high or medium alert level.