Coronavirus: Sheffield hit by new deaths as 351 more people die across UK

More patients suffering from coronavirus have died in Sheffield within the past day, the latest NHS figures reveal.

By Sophie Wills
Saturday, 23rd May 2020, 2:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 23rd May 2020, 2:47 pm

A total of 244 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have now died in hospital in Sheffield- an increase of four within a 24 hour reporting period.

The confirmed case rate for the city stands at 2,484.

Elsewhere in South Yorkshire, Doncaster has reported 695 confirmed cases and 171 deaths- an increase of five.

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People wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, carry shopping bags as they walk along an almost empty street in Sheffield following an easing of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown guidelines (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Rotherham has reported 862 cases and seen its death toll increase by two to 149.

And Barnsley has 878 cases along with 113 deaths- no new deaths were recorded in the town today (Saturday, May 23).

Across England, 157 new deaths have been announced, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,545.

The overall figures could be much higher, as they do not include deaths that occurred in care homes or the community.

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 today 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 891.

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