Three more Covid-19 fatalities in Doncaster as town's death toll rises again

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Three more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Doncaster, bringing the total to 11 in two days and 319 deaths overall.

Newly released NHS figures show the number of deaths at the town’s hospitals is continuing to rise in the second wave.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust, which runs the town’s Doncaster Royal Infirmary, as well as Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop and Mexborough’s Montagu Hospital has seen a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 admissions in recent weeks.

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The latest figures relate to the number of cases recorded in the latest 24 hour period.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary.Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Earlier this week health chiefs said the number of patients being treated for coronavirus in the region’s hospitals was more than 200 – more than triple the number being treated during the first wave of the pandemic in March and April.

A spokesman said the hospital had been admitted 20 Covid-19 patients a day, with long queues of ambulances building up outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Last week, it was also revealed that Doncaster had one of the highest rates of coronavirus cases in England, with 530 cases per 100,000 people, putting it in the UK top ten of most badly hit places.

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Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, has repeatedly urged local people to adhere to guidelines and restictions over spiralling case numbers in the town after the number of hospital admissions rocketed from three to more than 200 in just a matter of weeks.

England is now in a four week lockdown in a bid to stem rising coronavirus rates.