A patient has died with coronavirus at Rutland Memorial Hospital.
The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust announced the fatality as one of two at its hospitals today, bringing its total to six.
A spokesman told Oakham Nub News that this was the first death at Rutland Memorial Hospital of someone with the virus.
The male victim was a man in his 70s who passed away on Sunday.
The trust says it has been treating other patients with the virus at its hospitals, but the spokesman declined to say how many other patients have been tested positive with the virus.
The trust has offered its condolences and says it will not comment further on the individual details or circumstances of patients.
Public Health England (PHE) has developed a new method of reporting daily COVID-19 deaths, to give a more complete number of those who have died from the virus.
For the first time from today, Wednesday 29 April 2020, the government’s daily figure will include deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already report out-of-hospital deaths.
Today’s figures have been revised retrospectively by PHE since the first death on 2 March 2020 to include additional data sources. This will bring the total number of deaths in the UK to 26,097 from 2 March until 28 April, including 765 deaths reported in the 24 hours to 5 pm on 28 April.
PHE has now reported an additional 3,811 deaths since the start of the outbreak. Of these, around 70% were outside hospital settings and around 30% were in the hospital. The additional hospital deaths have been identified through PHE’s laboratory system and were not reported to NHSE.
The total number of deaths reported by PHE is approximately 17% higher than the previous data showed.
It is important to note that this does not indicate a sudden one day increase and is broadly in line with trends seen by the ONS in their data, which already reports out of hospital deaths.