Grim milestone for Sheffield as Covid-19 hospital deaths increase to 900

The number of people who have died with Covid-19 at Sheffield’s hospitals has risen to 900, figures have confirmed.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 2:59 pm

The latest NHS figures issued this afternoon show there have been a further three fatalities linked to the pandemic virus at the city’s hospitals, increasing the death toll to 900.

These are people who have died in the city’s hospitals and either tested positive for Covid-19 or where no positive test result was received but the virus was mentioned on their death certificate.

It comes after two consecutive days on which no new hospital deaths in Sheffield were reported.

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The Northern General Hospital's A&E department in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.

Nationally, another 90 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 84,366.

Patients were aged between 34 and 97. All except three, aged between 54 and 87, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 17 and March 6, with the majority being on or after March 3.

There were 20 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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