Four more coronavirus patients have died at the Princess Alexandra hospital.

NHS England today confirmed the latest deaths, three from April 2 and one on April 3.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive, for The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust said: “We can confirm that sadly, four patients, aged between 19 and 94, 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 patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time."

The Harlow hospital, run by The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, has now recorded a total of 46 Covid-19 deaths.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the last 24 hours may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: "Confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure."

Across the UK, a further 637 people, who tested positive have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 3,939.

Of the newly confirmed deaths, patients were aged between five years and 104 years old.

Forty of the 637 patients (aged between 48 and 93 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

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