A TOTAL of 17 people have died under the trust running the Royal Berkshire Hospital having tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest figures.

The statistics, from NHS England, show the total number of deaths of those under the care of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on April 5.

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It comes as the latest figures from the Department of Health as of 9am today, show 5,373 people out of 51,608 confirmed cases have died having tested positive for Covid-19.

In Berkshire, the total number of positive cases stands at 569 patients.

This is broken down regionally as follows:

  • West Berkshire - 80
  • Reading - 89
  • Bracknell - 57
  • Wokingham -101
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 99
  • Slough - 143

The latest NHS England figures show 17 people have died out of those 569 patients, under the care of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

It follows the first UK death of a patient who had tested positive for coronavirus on March 5 at the Reading hospital.

The trust is in charge of the Royal Berkshire Hospital as well as several other community bases such as West Berkshire Community Hospital in Newbury, and Townlands Hospital in Henley.

Also included in the latest statistics from the health body are the number of deaths of those who have tested positive for coronavirus under the care of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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These figures show one person died on April 3 under the care of the trust which runs services across several sites including wards at Wokingham community Hospital, wards at West berkshire Community Hospital, and Prospect Park Hospital.

The figures from NHS England relate to those who have died in hospital and had tested positive for coronavirus.

All data is subject to updates as more results come in from post-mortems.