Doncaster approaches grim milestone as town's Covid death toll nears 400

Doncaster is approaching a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic as the town’s death toll nears 400.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 3:58 pm

Newly released NHS figures show there have now been 397 Covid-19 fatalities at the town’s hospitals.

However, it comes as hospital chiefs say the number of patients in hospital is decreasing while the town’s infection rate has also show a signifcant drop in recent days.

Late last week, bosses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust said the rate of admissions remained ‘somewhat consistent; and that ‘some days are better than others.’

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Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

A statement said: “Throughout the past seven days, we have continued to admit individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, and currently our hospitals are caring for 165 patients, 16 of which require intensive care.

"As we begin to see the impact of tier three restrictions, in addition to the subsequent national measures, our rate of admission remains somewhat consistent.”

Meanwhile Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, has paid tribute to people in the town for helping to reduce the rate of infection.

He said: "I appreciate the sacrifices that you and your loved ones are making. I am pleased to say that we are seeing the results of this. Our rate is falling and has been for the last nine consecutive days.”

Doncaster’s rate currently is 364.6 per 100,000 people for the time period of 7-13 November.

The positivity rate - the number of people that are testing positive - has fallen to 13.7%.

This is a significant reduction from 570 per 100,000 that the town was seeing a few weeks ago.