Five further coronavirus deaths at Norfolk hospitals as total rises to 191

Five new deaths have been confirmed in Norfolk. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Five new deaths have been confirmed in Norfolk. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire - Credit: PA

More than 190 people have now died in Norfolk after contracting coronavirus, after five more fatalities were confirmed at two of the county’s hospitals.

On Tuesday, two patients were confirmed to have died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and three at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston.

A spokesman for the NNUH confirmed the patients were a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s, bringing the number of total number of confirmed deaths at the hospital to 69.

Three patients at the JPUH, a man and two women, have been confirmed to have died on April 19.

Read more: Sharp rise in care home coronavirus-related deaths in new figuresMeanwhile, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, reported no additional deaths on Tuesday, as total number of confirmed fatalities at the hospital stands at 61.

It brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Norfolk hospitals to 191.

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It comes as the number of confirmed positive cases in Norfolk reached 1,053 as of Tuesday April 21, up from 997 the previous day.

Read more: Don’t mention PPE on social media, hospital staff warnedA further 778 deaths have been confirmed by NHS England - an increase from 429 on Monday.

Patients were aged between 22 and 103 years old.

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Of those, 24 patients aged between 49 and 91 years old had no known underlying health condition.

Nationally, 17,337 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Monday, the Department of Health said, up by 828 from 16,509 the day before.

The total number of confirmed cases of the virus in the UK, now stands at 129,044, an increase of 4,301 on Monday.

The number of people in the UK tested for coronavirus since the outbreak began, is 397,670 as of 9am on April 21, the equivalent of around 0.6pc of the population.

On average just under 13,600 new people were tested daily in the seven days to April 21.

In the previous seven days, to April 14, the daily average was just under 12,800.

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