Two more coronavirus deaths confirmed at KGH

It brings the death toll at the hospital to 22

Two further patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have died at Kettering General Hospital.

The deaths were confirmed in NHS England's update today (Wednesday), bringing the grim death toll to 22 at the Rothwell Road hospital.

One death took place on April 2 with the second a day later on April 3.

Kettering General Hospital.

A Kettering General Hospital spokesman said: "Kettering General Hospital is currently treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

"Sadly, we can confirm that two patients being cared for at our hospital, who had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.

"They were in their 60s to 80s and had underlying health conditions.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”

Nationally a further 828 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 6,483.

Patients were aged between 22 and 103-years-old. A total of 46 of the 828 patients (aged between 35 and 96-years-old) had no known underlying health condition.

Their families have been informed.

Elsewhere in the county seven further deaths were confirmed at Northampton General Hospital.

The number of confirmed cases in Northamptonshire currently stands at 473 after a big spike in recent days, but the actual figure is expected to be much higher because of a lack of community testing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was put into intensive care earlier this week after he remained unwell having tested positive for the virus. Dominic Raab is currently standing in for him.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock - who also recently tested positive - warned that if people did not obey strict social distancing and exercise laws he may have to tighten rules to mean that no exercise will be allowed.

Earlier today police in Northamptonshire revealed two Northampton men had been charged with breaching the coronavirus restrictions, believed to be the first arrests in the county using new powers.

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