A further 665 hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing the total to 16,272.
NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including new deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.
This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem tests to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the total number of people who have died – it’s the number of people who have died in hospital having contracted coronavirus that have been included in today’s publicly released figures by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
Many hospitals will not report deaths that happened over the weekend until the middle of the following week. The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain ‘s coronavirus expert Dr Hilary has warned some families will still have to spend Christmas apart due to social distancing recommendations .
It comes as the government are being pushed to reveal their plans to end lockdown, with some experts arguing it should be over by late summer, reports The Mirror.
But Dr Hilary has warned elderly people should still be taking precautions all the way up to Christmas this year to keep themselves safe.
The virus is particularly deadly for older people of those with underlying health conditions.
In other news:
– Four patients have died at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest care homes after being struck down with coronavirus.
The 155-bed Trentham Care Centre had managed to stay coronavirus-free for weeks after stopping all external visits more than a month ago.
Read the full story here.
– If you have a holiday booked for later in the year, you are probably wondering what’s going to happen due to the coronavirus lockdown putting a stop to all essential travel.
Will you still be able to take your holiday and if it is cancelled, are you able to get your money back?
Tui answer all your questions here.
– Union officials representing hundreds of North Staffordshire warehouse workers say they have won their fight for safer working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Concerns had been raised that employees at Asda George’s distribution centre, in Chesterton, were unable to abide by social distancing rules.
Read more on this story here.