THERE have been four more coronavirus related deaths in Worcestershire hospitals, bringing the total to 286.

The latest figures, announced by the NHS today (June 2), show the four more deaths were at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals, bringing its total to 259.

There were no further deaths recorded at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, so it remains at a total of 27.

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

In England a further 143 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals nationally to 26,865. Patients were aged between 36 and 100 years old.

Eight of the 143 patients - aged between 48 and 91 - 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 government releases a daily figure for deaths outside of hospitals which stands at 324, bringing the overall total number of deaths to 39,369.

Public Health England does not release a regional breakdown.

But Using Office of National Statistics data up to May 22, added with hospital deaths since, reveals the number of Covid-19 related deaths in the county is at least 488 across all settings.