Covid deaths rise by 50 per cent in Sheffield, according the latest figures

Government figures reveal a 50 per cent rise in deaths with the coronavirus in the last week in Sheffield.

Latest figures covering the period up to Saturday, October 24, updated last night, showed 15 deaths within 28 days of a diagnosis of Covid 19 in the city, in the seven days previous.

It was a 50 per cent rise on the previous seven day period, which was the week from October 11 to October 17, in which 10 had died.

The daily death figure published for the city yesterday was two.

Medical staff wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, long aprons, and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, work on an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward treating patients with COVID-19, at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, southwest England on May 22, 2020. - Britain's number of deaths "involving" the coronavirus has risen to 46,000, substantially higher than the 36,914 fatalities officially reported so far, according to a statistical update released Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The daily number of people testing positive in Sheffield was recorded at 443, with a figure of 2,959 for the previous seven days. It was described as a 20.4 per cent rise on the previous week’s figure, a rise of 501 cases..

The rate per 100,000 resident population was 436.7.

The figures also stated the latest R number for the healthcare region of North East and Yorkshire is estimated at 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate range of +2% to +5%.

This is the number of people each infected person passed the virus on to. Anything over 1.0 means cases rise.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire was put in the highest ‘tier three’ level of restrictions from yesterday in a bid to reduce the number of infections in the region.

Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis sent an open letter to the residents of the county just hours before the Tier 3 restrictions began in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster just after midnight on Saturday. It stated that although he understood the weariness many would feel, the measures that have been taken were needed in South Yorkshire.

Mr Jarvis led the team which negotiated with the Government for nearly a fortnight before announcing the move, which comes with a £41 million support package, earlier this week.

Following the announcement, Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore called the negotiations with Government "a charade", saying it was clear Downing Street officials and ministers were going through the motions for 10 days just to try and prove they were listening.

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