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Four people with coronavirus have died in Cornwall

Four people with coronavirus have died in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:08pm 21st March 2020. (Updated at 8:56pm 23rd March 2020)

It has been confirmed that four people with coronavirus have died in Cornwall.

The patients all had underlying health conditions are were over the age of 70.

All four had been treated at Treliske hospital and tested positive for Covid-19.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says that thoughts and condolences are with the families.

“Sadly, we can confirm that four patients who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died this week.

"The patients were all over 70 and had underlying health conditions.

"Their families have been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time. Out of respect for their privacy we will not be commenting further.”

A Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spokesperson

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall currently stands at 20.

It comes as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK has risen to 233 after 53 more fatalities were announced across the country.

NHS England said the patients who died were aged between 41 and 94 and all had underlying health conditions.

More than 5,000 people in the UK have now been infected.

The capital now has 90 deaths, followed by 42 in the South East, 32 in the West Midlands, 19 in the North West, 12 in the South West, nine in the East Midlands, eight in Yorkshire and the Humber and four in the North East.

The latest figures come after Boris Johnson ordered the shutdown of cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms as efforts were ramped to halt the spread of coronavirus.

It coincided with a warning by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that young people are "not invincible" and can still be killed by the infection or be confined to hospital "for weeks".

Schools across the UK have also now closed, except for children of key workers, in the battle to contain the pandemic.

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