Coronavirus updates: More than 900 Covid-19 cases now confirmed in Staffordshire

More than 900 cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in Staffordshire – according to the latest update from Public Health England.

There are now 925 positive cases of coronavirus in the Staffordshire County Council area, with another 200 cases in Stoke-on-Trent and 386 in Cheshire East – although as always these are only confirmed cases and the actual number of cases will be far higher.

At yesterday’s government briefing Sir Patrick Vallance said there was still “a long way to go” before the end of the pandemic.

He said: “So far that is exactly where we are in terms of keeping this under control with heroic efforts from the NHS… and the superhuman efforts of the doctors and nurses and all the others who look after the patients.”

But he added: “We have to wait and see how things evolve, there is a long way to go yet. It’s still a new disease, it still hasn’t spread everywhere across the world.”

In local developments:

As of yesterday’s update 91 people who have tested positive for coronavirus have died at the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust – which consists of Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital.  One death has also been recorded by the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Harplands Hospital.

There have been 53 deaths at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Crewe’s Leighton Hospital and 25 at East Cheshire NHS Trust – which includes Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital.

The total number of UK hospital death now stands at 11,344.

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It’s important to note 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 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. There will also be a lag in reporting due to the long Bank Holiday weekend.

The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home for example – will be higher.

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