23 more coronavirus deaths in Liverpool in deadliest day yet

A further 23 people in Liverpool have died after testing positive for coronavirus as the disease continues to spread misery in the city.

The total number of patients who have died after contracting Covid-19 at the city's hospitals now stands at a grim 89.

86 of those patients have died at hospitals run by the Royal University Hospitals Trust – which covers The Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen Hospitals.

Two people have died at the Liverpool Heart and Chest specialist hospitals and one has died at the Walton Centre, which specialises in neurology.

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The overall figure has jumped up by 23 from yesterday's update.

The Royal Trust now appears to be suffering with a steady rate of daily deaths.

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Nine people are registered to have died on April 5, 11 died on April 4, nine on each of April 3 and 2 and 13 on April 1.

It is assumed that the overall virus death toll in the city will be much higher when factoring in those who have died at home or at care homes.

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There is potentially better news in Wirral, where the overall death toll has remained on 29 for the second day running.

However people are always urged to treat data with caution, with reporting lags meaning numbers could change in the coming days.

The latest data has recorded a further six deaths at the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, taking the total number of patients to die after testing positive at either St Helens or Whiston Hospitals from 18 to 24.

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Three more deaths have been registered at Southport and Ormskirk Trust, where the total now stands at 20.

And one more death at the Warrington and Halton Trust takes its total to 17.

The figures come as part of the single biggest rise in coronavirus deaths in the UK since the virus crisis began.

Across the UK in total, there were a further 854 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hour update, the largest increase yet.

This takes the nation's overall grim total of deaths to 6,236.

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It had been hoped that lesser death totals in recent days could suggest a flattening of the curve of the epidemic, but experts have continually warned people not to read too much into the very unpredictable data.

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News of the grim numbers comes as the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to face his own coronavirus battle in hospital.

After being taken in to St Thomas' hospital in London for tests when his coronavirus symptoms failed to subside, he was last night taken into an Intensive Care Unit.

Downing Street today reported that Mr Johnson had a comfortable night and has not yet needed the use of a ventilator to breathe.

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