Coronavirus: 15 more deaths confirmed at Norfolk hospitals
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Norfolk hospitals have confirmed 15 more people have died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, a new high for the number of fatalities reported in one day.
The total number of deaths so far in the region now stands at 148, up from 133 the previous day.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn released no new figures on Wednesday, but today announced that a further 10 patients had died after contracting Covid-19.
One patient died on April 10 and another the day after, while four patients died on both April 12 and April 13, taking the current total at that hospital to 51.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital CEO Caroline Shaw said: “Sadly, the deaths of ten patients, four men and six women between the ages of 68 and 93, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and were being cared for in our hospital, have been confirmed. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.”
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The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital confirmed that three more patients have died in their care after being diagnosed with the virus, taking the death toll there to 52.
All three deaths occurred on April 15.
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Meanwhile, two new fatalities reported at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston – both on April 14 – takes the total there to 45.
In Suffolk, 141 patients have died at hospitals run by the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, up six from 135 on Wednesday, while one more confirmed death at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds takes the total number of people to have lost their lives there after contracting the disease to 18.
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Of the 740 new deaths announced today, 151 occurred on April 15, 314 occurred on April 14 and 122 occurred on April 13.
The figures also show 143 of the deaths took place between April 1 and April 12, and the remaining 10 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 9.
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