Sheffield's coronavirus death toll rises for first time in over two weeks

Sheffield’s coronavirus death toll has risen for the first time in over a fortnight after another death was confirmed at one of the city’s hospitals.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 3:34 pm

NHS England said another Covid-19-related death has been recorded by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the last 24 hours. The trust runs The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and The Northern General Hospital. The total number of deaths it has recorded since the pandemic hit stands at 294.

The last death confirmed in Sheffield’s hospitals before today (15 September) was 16 days ago on 29 August.

Nationally, a further 13 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,676. The patients were aged between 62 and 94 years old and all had a known underlying health condition.

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The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, which has a specialist infectious diseases unit to treat coronavirus patients.

While deaths may occur at an earlier date, coronavirus is not always detected in a person’s system until a post-mortem is complete. Only then can a coronavirus-related death be confirmed.