By Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter
A further 35 patients have died with coronavirus over Easter at hospitals run by Imperial College NHS Trust.
According to the latest data released by NHS England, four patients died on Bank Holiday Monday. On Easter Sunday 11 patients passed away.
There were also 14 deaths on Easter Saturday, with six on Good Friday.
Overall 224 patients have died at the trust’s hospitals in just over a month, since March 11 when it recorded its first death.
Hospitals in London are recording the highest number of deaths, with 3,071 passing away in the capital.
The Midlands records the second highest number, with 2,289 fatalities at hospitals in the region.
Imperial College NHS Trust’s hospitals include Charing Cross in Fulham, Hammersmith, St Mary’s in Paddington, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, as well as the Western Eye Hospital.
It has already increased its critical care and ventilator beds at its three main hospitals from 68 to 143 and plans more.
Throughout the UK, 778 people died in hospital on Bank Holiday Monday, taking the total number of people who died in hospital from coronavirus since the crisis began to 12,107.
The Office of National Statistics revealed there were 16,000 deaths registered in the week ending April 3, 6,000 more than expected. The ONS estimates that a fifth of these were due to coronavirus.
Pictured top: Charing Cross Hospital
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