Seven more confirmed coronavirus deaths in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:24 31 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:23 01 April 2020
Seven more patients at hospitals across Norfolk have died after testing positive for coronavirus, in the largest jump of confirmed deaths in the county so far.
NHS England has announced a total of 367 further people have died in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths to 1,651.
Of those announced today, two patients have died at the James Paget University Hospital, two at the Norfolk and Norwich and three patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
Caroline Shaw, chief executive for QEH, said: “We can confirm that sadly, two male patients, one in his 80s and one in his 90s, and a female patient in her 70s passed away at QEH between Friday 27 March and Monday 30 March. They had tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and loved ones at this time.”
A spokesman for the James Paget hospital said a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s have died. Both patients had underlying health conditions.
In a statement the Norfolk and Norwich hospital confirmed a man in his mid-80s, with no underlying health conditions, had died after testing positive for COVID-19.
It is the highest increase since the county’s first deaths were confirmed on March 20 and now takes the total to 18.
In a statement, NHS England said: “Patients were aged between 19 and 98 years old and all but 28 patients (aged between 19 and 91 years old) had underlying health conditions.”
Nationally, more than 25,000 people have test positive for the virus - as the UK recorded a new high as an additional 3,009 cases were confirmed over the course of 24 hours.
Figures from the Department of Health showed 8,240 new tests were carried out as more than 143,000 people have been tested.
As of 9am on Tuesday, a total of 143,186 people have been tested of which 25,150 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died, an increase of 381 from the previous day.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced on Tuesday that at least three more people have died in the east of England outside of hospital having contracted coronavirus.
The ONS explained its figures are based on the number of deaths registered in England and Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate as “deaths involving Covid-19”, which can be included where a person has other health conditions. The number includes all deaths, not just those in hospitals, although there is usually a delay of at least five days between a death occurring and registration.
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The breakdown for the east of England includes, Norfolk and Waveney, Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Hertfordshire, West Essex, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Mid and South Essex, Suffolk and North East Essex.
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