Doncaster coronavirus death toll rises again to 334 as two more fatalities reported

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Two more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Doncaster, taking the town’s death toll to 334 since the start of the pandemic.

Newly released NHS figures revealed the latest deaths in statistics released this afternoon.

On Friday, Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s director of public health said the rate of infection in the town had risen to 531.9 cases per 100,000 people, but also expressed hope that the rate was starting to flatten out and that Doncaster was ‘starting to turn the curve.’

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The two deaths were recorded in the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust area.

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The Trust covers Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Worksop’s Bassetlaw Hospital and Mexborough’s Montagu Hospital.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health said the infection rate for the seven days from October 24-30 was ‘not good news’ and has urged people to follow the rules to bring down infection rates.

He said: "We should stay at home as much as possible.

"I realise that these restrictions will be very challenging for us all over the next four weeks, but we must try and do all we can to keep our infection rates as low as possible.

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"The current infection rate for Doncaster is one of the highest in England and in Yorkshire and the Humber.

"This is not good news, but there is some evidence that this rate may be starting to flatten and we may be starting to turn the curve. So I want to thank you for all the efforts that you've made to support us and to help that rate flatten but I do want to ask us all to keep doing what we're doing.

"Keep maintaining our distance, keep washing our hands and wearing face coverings to see how quickly we can bring that number down. If we can all remember face, space and hands, we will have a better chance of leaving the national restrictions as quickly as possible.

“Together I'm sure we can do what we need to, to bring down the infection rate. So let's do it for Doncaster.”

On Thursday, DBTHT said it was caring for a total of 188 Covid-19 patients.