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West Suffolk Hospital confirms death of seventeenth patient with coronavirus

Covid-19 has claimed its 17th casualty at West Suffolk Hospital, with 27 people dying with the disease at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

In West Suffolk the latest death to be announced by the hospital trust today was a patient in their 80s who had underlying heath conditions.

Dr Nick Jenkins, medical director for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (33554845)
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (33554845)

At the Cambridge University hospital the 27 victims included a 44 year old who had underlying health conditions. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has not record a coronavirus related death in the past 24 hours.

Across the country the UK government said there had been a total of 12,868 deaths since the crisis began last month - representing a 761 increase from yesterday.

Latest increases are below 800 for the fourth day in a row, which has sparked hopes the lock down is working.

But the statistics may change because when the NHS release new figures it also revises numbers from previous days. The service said it is because each day more data is analysed from post-mortem tests.

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