Coronavirus deaths in Merseyside appear to be slowing down

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Four new coronavirus death have been recorded at Liverpool hospitals today according the latest daily update from NHS England.

Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, which runs The Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals, had the largest number of new coronavirus deaths across the region.

The new deaths mean the Trust has now recorded a total of 318 deaths from Covid-19.

Ambulances outside the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The next highest increase came in Halton and Warrington where an additional two Covid-19 deaths were recorded taking the Trust's total coronavirus deaths to 88.

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Increases were also recorded at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust with each reporting one more Covid-19 death each.

The total coronavirus deaths at each trust stands at 152, 167, and 115 respectively.

At the smaller Liverpool hospitals trusts, including Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and the Walton Centre, no further deaths were recorded today and their totals still stand at 16 and five.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital also recorded no further deaths.

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Mersey Care mental Health Trust which announced its first three virus deaths earlier this week, did not record any further deaths.

Halton and Warringon NHS Trust recorded two more coronavirus deaths today

Nationally, 425 new coronavirus deaths were announced by NHS England today with 370 of those in England's hospitals.

This takes the total number of confirmed deaths to 23,788 across the UK.

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Later today the Department for Health and Social Care will announce the new total coronavirus death figures including deaths from care settings alongside hospital deaths.

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said his target for 100,000 Covid-19 tests per day had been met, which he hailed as an "incredible achievement".

Yesterday the Government announced that it had hit its 100,000 tests a day target

Speaking on the BBC Today Programme on Saturday morning, Professor John Newton, the national coordinator for coronavirus testing defended the government after journalists pointed out that tens of thousands of tests included in the total had simply been dispatched to people's homes and not processed.

Professor Newton said: "This is a big number however you count it. All the tests are only counted once and you can count the tests when they go out or when they come back it, so whatever way you do it we still beat the target.

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"These are the sort of discussions you get when politicians set targets, but what we're focusing on is delivering what people really need.

"The home delivery kits are essential to support contract tracing. The home kits are very popular and they're what people ask for and they are an extremely important part of the programme.

"We make no apology for counting those and being proud of the fact that we've built up that capacity."