Coronavirus UK death toll hits 35 as NHS confirms areas where patients died

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has reached 35 – and three of these victims were being treated at the same NHS Trust.

More patients died of the virus today at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust across Surrey and parts of south London. Now three people have died of Covid-19 at each of these groups.

The total death toll in the country has increased more than 50% in the last 24 hours.

Twenty-two other NHS Trusts have recorded at least one death each since the start of the month. Many of these patients were elderly, and had underlying health conditions.

But dad-to-two Nick Matthews, at 59, was reportedly the youngest person in Britain to die from Covid-19 after being treated at a University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust facility.

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Also today, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust said a woman in her 60s lost her life at the city's New Cross Hospital and two patients – aged in their 80s and late 60s – died at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust facilities.

Three people have died at both of those NHS Trusts after being tested positive for the virus.

Full area-by-area breakdown

The list below collates data accurate as of 5pm on Sunday March 15, 2020. It lists the deaths recorded at each NHS Trust.

Some, however, are yet to announce any deaths of patients whom have tested positive for Covid-19.

NHS England and Public Health England, trustworthy sources, released the information.

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Speaking today, Daniel Elkeles, chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Sadly we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Epsom Hospital, who was in his 80s, and a man being cared for at St Helier Hospital, who was in his late 60s, have died.

"Both patients were admitted with underlying health conditions and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

"The families have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."

Dr Chris Brookes, chief medical officer for North Manchester General Hospital, said: "Sadly we can confirm that two patients being treated for Covid-19 have died in our specialist regional infectious diseases unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

"The two patients were elderly and both had underlying health problems. One of the patients was a man in his 80s and the other patient was a woman in her 70s.

"Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time."

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David Loughton, chief executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: "Sadly we can confirm that a woman who was being cared for at New Cross Hospital, and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

"The patient, who died on March 14, was in her 60s and had underlying health conditions.

"Her family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.

"The media are asked to respect the wishes of the families and the interests of staff at the hospital to avoid any disruption to operational services."

Full area-by-area breakdown of Covid-19 cases in the UK

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 exceeded 1,300 today. More than 400 of these are in London, but a further 175 are in the southeast of England.

Public Health England has offered clarity on the worst-affected upper tier local authorities, which include Westminster, Hertfordshire and Hampshire.

The majority of these areas are in the south of England, including boroughs of the capital. However, Leeds, West Yorkshire, has almost 20 recorded cases of the virus.

Many authorities in England are yet to record a confirmed case.

The list below is in numerical order.

Confirmed cases by upper tier authority

Hampshire: 53

Kensington and Chelsea: 40

Westminster: 35

Hertfordshire: 32

Southwark: 30

Lambeth: 26

Barnet: 25

Oxfordshire: 24

Surrey: 23

Camden: 22

Coronavirus questions answered

Q: Will my pension be affected?

A: It depends what type of pension you’re paying into, how far off retirement you are, or if you have already retired.

As a general rule of thumb, the longer you are from retiring, the less reason there is to be concerned.

Q: I’ve got a private pension and am a few months off retiring?

A: The closer you get to retiring, the more of your pot your pension provider will shift from equities (shares) into other assets, such as cash. Doing so will limit the impact of the slump should you opt for an annuity – an insurance policy that pays out in retirement.

Q: I’m retired and I opted for a drawdown pension. How am I affected?

A: Drawdowns allow you to flexibly take cash out of your pension pot as and when you want.

But your funds remain invested and, therefore, at the mercy of stock markets, so can go down as well as up.

Q: I’m in a defined benefit pension, including a final salary scheme, will I be affected?

A: Unlikely. While the share slump could well hit the fund you’re in, it’s the responsibility of the firm that’s behind it. As long as the firm – or “sponsor” – is doing OK, you’ll be fine.

Brent: 20

Ealing: 20

Leeds: 19

Hammersmith and Fulham: 19

Wandsworth: 17

Buckinghamshire: 15

Devon: 15

Essex: 14

Greenwich: 13

Hackney and City of London: 13

Sheffield: 12

Harrow: 12

Haringey: 11

Lewisham: 11

Derbyshire: 11

Kent: 11

Brighton and Hove: 10

Hillingdon: 10

Hounslow: 10

Cumbria: 10

Manchester: 9

Liverpool: 9

Merton: 9

Tower Hamlets: 9

Northamptonshire: 9

Birmingham: 8


Wolverhampton: 8

Torbay: 7

Barking and Dagenham: 7

Bexley: 7

Bromley: 7

Sutton: 7

Cambridgeshire: 7

North Yorkshire: 7

West Sussex: 7

Windsor and Maidenhead: 6

Trafford: 6

Oldham: 6

Bradford: 6

Enfield: 6

Gloucestershire: 6

Lancashire: 6


Leicestershire: 6

Nottinghamshire: 6

Staffordshire: 6

Derby: 5

Nottingham: 5

Bristol, City of: 5

Bracknell Forest: 5

Wokingham: 5

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 5

Wiltshire: 5

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 5

Wirral: 5

Barnsley: 5

Walsall: 5

Calderdale: 5


Havering: 5

Warwickshire: 5

York: 4

South Gloucestershire: 4

Milton Keynes: 4

Cheshire West and Chester: 4

Shropshire: 4

Newcastle upon Tyne: 4

Dudley: 4

Islington: 4

Lincolnshire: 4

Blackpool: 3

East Riding of Yorkshire: 3

Southend-on-Sea: 3

West Berkshire: 3

Reading: 3


Slough: 3

Central Bedfordshire: 3

Bolton: 3

Bury: 3

Stockport: 3

Tameside: 3

Wigan: 3

Kirklees: 3

Newham: 3

Suffolk: 3

Worcestershire: 3

Stockton-on-Tees: 2

Darlington: 2

North Lincolnshire: 2

Leicester: 2

Bath and North East Somerset: 2

Plymouth: 2

Swindon: 2

Luton: 2

Medway: 2

Isle of Wight: 2

Rochdale: 2

Doncaster: 2

Rotherham: 2

North Tyneside: 2

Coventry: 2

Wakefield: 2

Croydon: 2

Kingston upon Thames: 2

Richmond upon Thames: 2

Waltham Forest: 2

Somerset: 2

Redcar and Cleveland: 1

Warrington: 1

Herefordshire, County of: 1

Peterborough: 1

Thurrock: 1

Portsmouth: 1

Southampton: 1

County Durham: 1

Cheshire East: 1

Dorset: 1

Salford: 1

St. Helens: 1

Sefton: 1

Sunderland: 1

Sandwell: 1

Gateshead: 1

Redbridge: 1

East Sussex: 1

Norfolk: 1

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