Two more coronavirus deaths recorded in Sheffield this week as infection rate rises

Sheffield has seen two suspected deaths from the coronavirus in less than a week – and the infection rate has risen again in the city.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 8:02 am

Government figures show that the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has initially recorded deaths to the virus on Tuesday, September 22, and then again on Friday September 25.

Notes warn it could change, if for instance, a post mortem examination shows another cause.

They were the first deaths recorded by the trust since August 29, according to health service tables.

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Medical staff wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, long aprons, and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, work on an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward treating patients with COVID-19, at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, southwest England on May 22, 2020. - Britain's number of deaths "involving" the coronavirus has risen to 46,000, substantially higher than the 36,914 fatalities officially reported so far, according to a statistical update released Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Medical staff wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, long aprons, and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, work on an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward treating patients with COVID-19, at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, southwest England on May 22, 2020. - Britain's number of deaths "involving" the coronavirus has risen to 46,000, substantially higher than the 36,914 fatalities officially reported so far, according to a statistical update released Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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The figures come as the NHS today issued a statement that 17 people nationally who had tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) had died nationally, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,908.

Patients were aged between 49 and 93 years old. All bar one individual (aged 59 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 21 to 26 September 2020.

Their families have been informed.

Meanwhile, the NHS has also issued its figures for today, Sunday, for positive tests in the city.

The latest figures today showed 85 positive tests reported today, taking the running total to 5,937.

The rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 shows 473 new cases were recorded in the week to September 24, based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two). The weekend ending September 17 had seen 282 new cases.

The infection rate per 100,000 people in the city is now 80.9, up from 48.2 the previous week.

Burnley has the highest rate in England, up from 138.3 in the seven days to September 17.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, up from 137.2 to 265.1 with 400 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has risen from 146.6 to 251.8, with 1,254 new cases.

It was recently revealed that a further two coronavirus patients at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals had died this month – the first deaths recorded by the trust in six weeks.

NHS England said the deaths were recorded on Sunday (20 September) and Monday (21 September). August 4 was the last time a death was recorded at the Trust, which manages Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital.

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