Coronavirus has claimed another 20 lives in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire as the UK sees the deadliest day in eight months.
Latest figures from Public Health England show there have been another five coronavirus deaths in Stoke-on-Trent alone recorded in the past day.
This means 421 people have now lost their lives within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 across the city.
In the wider Staffordshire County Council area there have been another 15 deaths of as 4pm today (December 23).
This means 1,368 people across the county have now died having received a positive coronavirus test result.
In Cheshire East – which will move up to Tier 3 on Boxing Day – there have been another six coronavirus related deaths.
This means the Covid death toll across the borough now stands at 499.
Across the United Kingdom there have been another 744 coronavirus deaths. This means today has been the deadliest day since April 29 – during the first peak of the virus.
In recent weeks PHE has started releasing the daily deaths in lower tier local authority areas. It does not say whether someone died ‘with’ coronavirus or ‘of’ coronavirus.
Separate data has been recorded showing the number of coronavirus deaths per hospital trust.
The latest figures show there have been another seven Covid-19 deaths at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHMN).
This means 826 patients have now lost their coronavirus battle at either Royal Stoke University Hospital or County Hospital in Stafford.
The latest coronavirus deaths as of December 23:
- Stoke-on-Trent: 421 (up five from yesterday)
- Staffordshire Moorlands : 165 (up three from yesterday)
- Newcastle Borough: 218 (up three from yesterday)
- Stafford Borough: 202 (up one from yesterday)
- Staffordshire County (all Staffordshire authorities – including those in the south of the county – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 1,368 (up 15 from yesterday)
- Cheshire East: 499 (up six from yesterday)
Deaths with Covid-19 at local hospital trusts as of December 23:
- University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust: 826 (up seven from yesterday)
- North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust: 12 (no change from yesterday)
- Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: 38 (no change from yesterday)
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 303 (up two from yesterday)
- East Cheshire NHS Trust: 198 (up two from yesterday)