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Coronavirus: More deaths confirmed in Surrey as recorded cases in our counties jumps to over 500

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Coronavirus: More deaths confirmed in Surrey as recorded cases in our counties jumps to over 500

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:41pm 27th March 2020.

The number of people to have died at hospitals in Surrey after contracting COVID-19 has risen.

It comes after the trust which runs Epsom Hospital said three patients being treated there had died.

Nationally there have been 769 deaths of people with coronavirus - 18 of those have been in Surrey.

The number of recorded cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Surrey and Hampshire today (27 March) jumped by 179 to a total of 588.

Leading the government's daily update on the crisis Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove - who was standing in after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he had tested positive for the virus - said their analysis showed the rate of infection in the UK has been doubling every three to four days.

He added that was a "powerful reminder" for people to follow the social distancing rules to save lives.

Following the deaths at Epsom Hospital Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Daniel Elkeles, said:

“Sadly, we can confirm that three patients being cared for at Epsom Hospital have died.

 “The families have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the families’ privacy.”