Another 888 people have died in hospitals in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 15,464 – according to the Department of Health
A spokesman said: “As of 9am 18 April, 460,437 tests have concluded, with 21,389 tests on 17 April. 357,023 people have been tested of which 114,217 tested positive. As of 5pm on 17 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 15,464 have sadly died.”
NHS England has announced 784 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 13,918.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the number of people who have died in the last 24 hours – 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.
As of Friday’s update there were 258 confirmed cases in Stoke-on-Trent, 1,102 in the rest of Staffordshire and 506 in Cheshire East – although as always the actual number of cases will be far higher. We expect updated numbers later this afternoon.
Today’s figures for deaths at local hospitals are also expected later but as of yesterday NHS England reported 115 people had died with Covid-19 at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – which consists of Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford County Hospital. One death has also been confirmed at Harplands Hospital.
A total of 76 people have died at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Leighton Hospital in Crewe, and another 43 at East Cheshire NHS Trust – which includes Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital.
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