TWO more patients have died at Salisbury District Hospital having tested positive for Covid-19.

One patient was in her 80s and the other patient was in his 60s, and both had underlying health conditions.

These are the first Covid-related deaths at the hospital since May 2, and brings the total number of people to have died at the hospital having tested positive for the virus to 215.

A statement from the hospital said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with all the families and loved ones at this very difficult and distressing time.

"Whilst COVID-19 positive patients being treated at the hospital remain relatively low, we are seeing a steady rise in cases and sadly we continue to experience COVID related deaths. Therefore, despite restrictions easing across the country in a few days, we would ask that everyone remain cautious and act responsibly. It is by working together that we will be able to minimise the impact of COVID infections.

"The best protection is to have both two doses of the COVID vaccine, and we urge everyone to make an appointment or use a walk-in service as soon as possible.

"Infection prevention measures will remain in place for staff and visitors at the hospital whilst we await further national guidance.”