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Another 19 people have sadly died of coronavirus at Barts Hospital Trust, which includes the newly opened Covid-19 specialist Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre, bringing the total number of deaths at the trust to 140.

Another 19 people have sadly died of coronavirus at Barts Hospital Trust, which includes the newly opened Covid-19 specialist Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre, bringing the total number of deaths at the trust to 140.

According to the trust, another 117 patients are being treated in intensive care at its hospitals, which include St Barts in the City of London and three hospitals in east London, where it has increased its usual 16 intensive care beds to 70 to cope with demand.

The trust has taken on responsibility for the Nightingale Hospital in Newham which Prince Charles, who is recovering from coronavirus, opened by video link on 3 April.

An army of workers transformed the ExCel exhibition centre in east London into a hospital with capacity for up to 5,000 patients, if needed.

It is being managed by St Bartholomew’s chief executive Professor Charles Knight.

The trust said since the crisis began 574 in-patients across its hospitals have tested positive for coronavirus – 51 on Sunday (April 5), with 117 patients in intensive care.

According to NHS England, 10 people died at the trust’s hospitals on 3 April and nine the following day.

None have been recorded to date on 5 April.

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A statement on the trust’s website said: “Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients’ families and loved ones at this difficult time”.

29 March recorded the highest number of deaths at the trust, when 16 people passed away.

The figures include confirmed cases reported to the government at 5pm the previous day. Confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting can take up to several days, which means that the totals reported at 5pm on each day may not include all deaths that occurred on that day or on recent prior days.

The figures do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes.

It takes the total number of people who have died in hospitals across the UK to 4,897.

According to Public Health England’s latest data 47,806 of the 195,524 tests for coronavirus were positive.

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