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Eight more coronavirus deaths in Norfolk’s hospitals

PUBLISHED: 15:26 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:40 01 May 2020

Further coronavirus deaths have been announced at the Queen Elizabeth, James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich hospitals. Picture: Archant

Further coronavirus deaths have been announced at the Queen Elizabeth, James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich hospitals. Picture: Archant

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Eight more people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has reported a further four patients in its care, who have tested positive for Covid-19, have died.

The deaths, on April 26 and April 28, bring the total number of coronavirus fatalities at the hospital up to 98, the highest of Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Caroline Shaw, chief executive, said: “I can confirm today that a further four patients – three men and a woman aged between 68 and 90 – who had tested positive for Covid-19 have sadly died while being cared for at our hospital.

“Our thoughts are with their relatives and loved ones.”

The James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston has confirmed three more patients in its care have died.

The deaths, which occurred on April 27 and April 29, bring the total number of coronavirus fatalities at the hospital to 81.

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The Norfolk and Norfolk University Hospital has reported one more coronavirus death, bringing the total number of fatalities there to 91.

The total number of people to have died in the county’s hospitals now stands at 270.

In east Suffolk and north Essex a total of 246 people have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus - up six on the previous day - while in west Suffolk the total stands at 38, an increase of four on the previous day.

Across the country, NHS England has announced 391 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 20,131.

Of the 391 new deaths announced today, 78 occurred on April 29, 140 occurred on April 28 and 42 occurred on April 27.

The figures also show 102 of the new deaths took place between April 1 and April 26 while the remaining 29 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 12.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted 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 examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 863.


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