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West Suffolk Hospital confirms death of tenth patient with coronavirus

A West Suffolk Hospital patient who tested positive for coronavirus has died.

The patient was in their 90s and had underlying health conditions.

They are the tenth patient with Covid-19 to have died at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (33141948)
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (33141948)

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."

The hospital is treating 34 patients with confirmed Covid-19.

The trust says 'every infection prevention precaution is being taken' but urged others to play their part.

Dr Jenkins added: "Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please help by following the public health advice.

"To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"Patients who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital, as should patients with appointments unless contacted and told otherwise."

Last Thursday, the trust announced five coronavirus patients at the hospital had recovered enough to be discharged.

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