Coronavirus deaths announced in Sheffield and Rotherham as England fatalities rise by 87

More coronavirus patients have died at hospitals in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 3:55 pm

One person with Covid-19 died at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and another died at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, it was announced today, Tuesday, October 13.

Their deaths were among 87 confirmed by NHS England today, taking the total number of people who have died at hospitals nationally after testing positive for coronavirus to 30,594.

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There have now been 299 Covid-19 deaths recorded at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals trust, which runs the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General hospitals

Since the pandemic began, 904 hospital patients in South Yorkshire have now died with Covid-19. That figure does not include deaths at care homes or elsewhere in the community, meaning the true death toll is likely to be much higher.

The latest people to die were aged between 30 and 96, with all but six of them, aged between 72 and 86, having had known underlying health conditions.

Nearly half the deaths (41) were recorded in the North West, with 20 in the North East & Yorkshire.

There were 90 people being treated for coronavirus at Sheffield’s hospitals yesterday, Monday, October 12, NHS bosses revealed, including 10 in intensive care. That’s up from just 20 around three weeks ago.

South Yorkshire has been designated a tier 2 ‘high’ alert area under the Government’s new three-tier coronavirus lockdown system.

From Wednesday, different households will be banned from mixing indoors, with other new restrictions including a ban on visitors to care homes other than in ‘exceptional circumstances’ such as when a loved one is dying.

Sheffield’s weekly coronavirus infection rate stood at 412.8 new cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday morning – the eighth highest of any local authority in England.