Another Sheffield patient dies from coronavirus as UK deaths increase by 187

Another death has been confirmed after the patient was diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total to 14.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 3:48 pm

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that the patient died yesterday (March 29).

Across South Yorkshire, 20 people have died altogether, with three deaths in Barnsley, two in Doncaster and one in Rotherham.

As of yesterday, the number of confirmed deaths in England was 1,228 - an increase of 209 in one day.

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Questions have been raised over whether the official coronavirus toll accurately reflects the number of deaths seen in hospitals.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said there is a ‘time lag’ in the number of deaths tallied up as officials firm up the numbers and speak to families.

Dr Harries said: “We have to make sure that when we're reporting the family is content and knows and all our data is absolutely accurate.

“There is always a time lag for us to check.”