Mayor Joe Anderson has led a flood of tributes paid to an Aintree Hospital nurse with a "beautiful soul" who died with coronavirus.

The Chief Nurse of the hospital confirmed to the ECHO the staff nurse sadly died on Friday, April 3, after testing positive for the virus.

Dianne Brown said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving Staff Nurse at Aintree University Hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.

“All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences. Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her."

Mayor Anderson paid tribute to Liz and highlighted the sacrifice NHS workers are making during the coronavirus crisis.

Mayor Joe Anderson

He tweeted: "So sad to hear the news that Staff Nurse Liz Glanister from Aintree Hospital has died on Firday after testing positive and suffering from Covid-19.

"Our deepest sympathy goes to family and friends and shows again the dangers and sacrifice our health workers are making daily. #RIPLIZ"

Friends and colleagues of Liz's also paid tribute to her on the ECHO's Facebook page.

Nikita Healey wrote: "I will never forget you Liz and how you welcomed me onto the ward on my first day.

"I would do anything to have a cuppa with you again and a little laugh. Look after her God, she's so, so special.

"All my love sent to the family, the ward will never be the same without you....Rachel xxx."

Vicky White wrote: "Rest in Peace Liz. Such a lovely lady who looked after my mum during her chemo [therapy]. Thoughts are with her family at this sad time."

Anna Culshaw wrote: "Liz was my chemo [therapy] nurse, a beautiful soul. She will be a massive loss to her family and the NHS."

And Jane Green wrote: "Liz, may you rest in peace - you cared for so many in the years you nursed at Aintree. Sending condolences to all your family."

Lyn Heron also offered her condolences to Liz's family. She wrote: "Worked with Liz years ago. So, so tragic. Condolences to all her family."

Ms Glanister is believed to be the latest NHS worker to die after contracting the deadly virus.

The devastating news comes as Merseyside saw an increase in the number of coronavirus cases overnight.

People across the UK are being urged to stay home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The number of deaths in the UK has also risen to 4,934, Public Health England said on Sunday.

As of Sunday April 5, 621 more people died in the pandemic, and there were 5,914 more cases.

The rate of increase is slightly lower than on Saturday, when 708 new deaths were confirmed in the UK - the largest increase to happen yet in 24 hours.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking during a media briefing in Downing Street

The latest figures come as the government urge people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he offered his "profound sympathies" to the families and friends of those who have died.

He added: "I've lost two people that I was fond of so I understand what a difficult time this is for the country."

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Mr Hancock warned people not to flout rules around social distancing and said tougher restrictions could follow.

He added: "Following these rules is mission-critical if we're to protect the NHS, slow the spread and give the NHS time to expand capacity and so save lives.

He added: "Following these rules is mission-critical if we're to protect the NHS, slow the spread and give the NHS time to expand capacity and so save lives.