A further 651 hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing the total to 11,656.
Of the 651 new deaths announced today:
– 113 occurred on April 14
– 277 occurred on April 13
– 103 occurred on April 12.
– 151 of the deaths took place between April 1 and April 11, and the remaining seven deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 23.
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.
Some 14,982 tests were carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday, Downing Street has said, despite there being the capacity to test more than 19,000 people a day.
he Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Testing capacity is increasing all of the time, both in terms of drive-through sites and in NHS labs. Testing capacity in NHS and Public Health England laboratories is now at 19,807.”
However, this falls short of the Government’s expectation to reach 25,000 tests a day by Wednesday, April 15.
In other coronavirus-related news:
- More than 130 patients have been discharged from Stoke-on-Trent’s main hospital – after being treated for coronavirus. Read the full story here.
- Dodgy face masks have been removed from sale in a number of Stoke-on-Trent shops. Read the full story here.
- A Staffordshire NHS worker was reduced to tears after visiting Home Bargains – after staff dipped into their own pockets to pay for dozens of bottles of hand sanitiser. Read the full story here.
- The family of a man who died were left in shock when the police turned up at his makeshift wake after reports they weren’t standing two metres apart. Read the full story here.
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