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12 more Covid deaths in Devon and Cornwall

- ALEX GREEN alex.green@reachplc.com

ANOTHER 12 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in Devon and Cornwall’s hospitals, the latest data shows.

Seven of those deaths were confirmed at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, bringing the total number of confirmed reported coronaviru­s deaths at the hospital to 176 – and the city’s overall Covid-19 death toll in the hospital to 179.

Three more people were confirmed to have died from Covid-19 at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in yesterday’s figures, which brings the total there to 224, and Devon’s overall total to 563.

Two more coronaviru­s-related deaths were also confirmed at hospitals in Cornwall - one at Royal Cornwall Hospital and one at Cornwall Partnershi­p Trust.

The total number of confirmed reported coronaviru­s deaths at Royal Cornwall Hospital now sits at 129, while Cornwall Partnershi­p Trust’s total has reached 40, the data shows.

These deaths bring the total number of confirmed Covid-19 hospital deaths in the county to 169.

Nationally, a further 973 people who tested positive for the virus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 68,894. 95 of those were confirmed at hospitals in the South West region, according to NHS England.

Patients were aged between 29 and 103 years old. All except 50 (aged 32 to 98 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 18 November to 26 January 2021 with the majority being on or after 21 January. Their families have been informed.

A total of 6,665,861 Covid-19 vaccinatio­ns had taken place in England between December 8 and January 26, according to provisiona­l NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 260,307 on the previous day’s figures.

Of this number, 6,221,850 were the first dose of the vaccine, a rise of 259,306 on the previous day’s figures, while 444,011 were the second dose, an increase of 1,001.

In the South West, 709,392 first doses and 53,709 second doses have been administer­ed, making 763,101 in total.

In Cornwall, two SPAR convenienc­e stores in the county have had confirmed outbreaks of Covid-19 among staff members.

The shops in Quintrell Downs, Newquay, and Playing Place, near Truro, both had members of staff test positive for the virus in the past week.

Both shops are currently open following a brief period of closure for deep cleaning.

There were 1,027 positive cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Cornwall over a seven-day period, the latest Public Health data shows.

Statistics for the seven-day period covering January 15 to January 21 show that of the 73 areas of the county, six areas were cluster-free.

According to the Government’s website, the daily number of coronaviru­s cases recorded in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly during this period was 147.

Cornwall’s case rate per 100,000 population is currently at 195.5, according to the latest statistics – published on January 26 by Public Health England.

In Devon it was confirmed that half of the patients in Intensive Therapy Unit beds at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital are ‘out-of-area’ patients.

The documents presented to Wednesday’s morning’s meeting of the RD&E board confirm that the Trust has been taking in patients from elsewhere in the country to help relieve pressures within their hospitals where they have been struggling with extreme demand for critical care beds due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the latest count on January 19, 6 of the 12 Covid patients in ITU were out-of-area patients, the documents state.

The meeting heard that while the hospital had suffered a ‘tough December’, it is in a better position than forecast in January and ‘are in a good position to give mutual aid to others across Devon and the surroundin­g counties’.

In the last week week there were over 2,000 new positive cases of Covid-19 reported across Devon.

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