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West Suffolk Hospital confirms deaths of three more coronavirus patients

West Suffolk Hospital has confirmed that three more patients with coronavirus have died.

The patients, two in their 80s and one in their 60s, had underlying health conditions.

Dr Nick Jenkins, medical director for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our thoughts and condolences remain with these patients’ family and loved ones at this difficult time."

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (32962219)
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (32962219)

It takes the total number of coronavirus related deaths at the hospital to nine.

The hospital has been treating 21 patients with confirmed Covid-19.

The trust says 'every infection prevention precaution is being taken' but has urged others to play their part.

Dr Jenkins said: "Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please help by following the public health advice.

"To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"Patients who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital, as should patients with appointments unless contacted and told otherwise."

The trust announced on Thursday that five coronavirus patients at the hospital had recovered enough to be discharged.