The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow has confirmed their first official coronavirus death.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive, said: “We can confirm that sadly, a patient in their eighties, who had underlying conditions has passed away at The Princess Alexandra Hospital. They had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time."

The trust, DHSC, NHS England and NHS Improvement will not be giving out any further information on these patients.

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