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Three Covid-19 patients die at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow

Three patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have died of Covid-19, it was announced on Thursday evening (March 26).

Two were in their 70s and one in their 90s. They all had underlying health conditions. The hospital did not reveal their genders.

It brings to four the number of Covid-19 deaths at the PAH – which is the general hospital for Bishop's Stortford – after the NHS trust which runs it announced earlier this week the first victim of the disease caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Lance McCarthy, chief executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We can confirm that, sadly, three patients, two in their seventies and one in their nineties, who had underlying conditions have passed away at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. They had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients’ families and loved ones at this difficult time."

The hospital's first Covid-19 victim, whose death was announced on Monday afternoon (March 23), was a patient in their 80s who had underlying conditions.

The four deaths at PAH are among 578 in the UK, after the death toll rose by 103 today (Thursday) – the first time it has jumped by more than 100 in a day.

Nationally, a total of 104,866 people have been tested, of whom 93,208 tested negative and 11,658 positive.

There are 147 confirmed cases in Hertfordshire, out of a county population of 1,184,365, and 88 in Essex out of a larger population of 1,477,764. Not all those with the virus will have been tested, however.

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