Further deaths in hospitals in our region have provided a reminder of the remaining dangers of the coronavirus.
On many occasions this month, the NHS England updates have recorded zero further Covid-19 fatalities at hospitals in our region.
Sadly today that hopeful run of results has come to an end.
A further death of a covid-19 patient has been registered at the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust.
The Trust, which covers hospitals in Knowsley and Whiston, now has a total of 209 virus deaths.
In the wider region, another death of a covid patient has also been registered at the Trust covering Halton and Warrington – which now has a total of 137.
No further deaths have been recorded at any other Trusts covering our region.
These are the current covid-19 fatality totals for our region's NHS Trusts:
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust – 4
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – 4
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 19
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (The Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals) – 473
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – 3
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – 151
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 209 (+1)
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust – 10
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 238
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 137 (+1)
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Across England, the NHS said that a further 13 people, aged between 52 and 92 years old, have died after testing positive for the virus.
All had known underlying health conditions.