A further 744 hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing the total to 11,005.
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.
Of the 744 new deaths announced today:
– 122 occurred on April 13
– 319 occurred on April 12
– 132 occurred on April 11
164 of the deaths took place between April 1 and April 10, and the remaining seven deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 23.
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. There will also be a lag in reporting due to the long Bank Holiday weekend.
The updated overall figure for hospital deaths for the entire UK has not yet been released by the Department of Health – but stood at 11,329 yesterday and so will now be more than 12,000.
The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
Today’s number of cases per hospital has not yet been released but as of yesterday 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 had also been 53 deaths confirmed 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.
A total of 406 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales registered up to April 3 occurred outside of hospitals, according to provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics – around 10% of the total.
Of the 406 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales registered up to April 3 that occurred outside hospitals:
– 217 took place in care homes
– 33 in hospices
– 136 in homes
– 3 in other communal establishments, and
– 17 elsewhere
In London, nearly half (46.6 per cent) of deaths registered in the week ending April 3 involved Covid-19, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The West Midlands, which includes Staffordshire, had the next highest proportion (22.1 per cent), followed by north-west England, which includes Cheshire, (19.6 per cent) and south-east England (17.9 per cent).
South-west England had the lowest proportion (10.2 per cent).
The number of death registrations involving Covid-19 in England and Wales was 3,475 in the week ending April 3. This is higher than the figure for deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the equivalent week over the past five years (an average of 2,064).
The 16,387 deaths – from any cause – registered in England and Wales during the week ending April 3 is the highest weekly total since the ONS started compiling weekly deaths data in 2005.
As of yesterday’s update there were 925 positive cases of coronavirus in the Staffordshire County Council area, with another 200 confirmed 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.
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