THE latest figures released by the NHS show that a further 555 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 4,494.

Patients were aged between 33 years and 103 years old. 29 of the 555 patients (aged between 35 and 95 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

Their families have been informed.

No deaths have been recorded in Worcestershire hospitals yesterday.

So far, a total of 42 patients with Covid-19 in Worcestershire have died.

40 of these deaths were recorded at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, while the two were at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

The figures are the latest provided by the public body, and correct as of April 5.

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 Wye Forest Ward.

The figures on deaths relate to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for COVID-19.

They do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes, prisons, ambulances or in the community.