Another eleven coronavirus hospital deaths have been reported in Surrey, the latest official figures from NHS England show (Wednesday, December 30).
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has registered five more deaths, with four at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust reported a single new Covid-19 related death, with one fatality at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The increase takes the overall hospital Covid death toll since the pandemic arrived to 1,701 in Surrey.
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Meanwhile 1,282 new cases were reported across Surrey in the past 24 hours – the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.
The figures were revealed as it was announced Surrey will remain in Tier 4, while the return of pupils to schools after the Christmas holidays will be delayed.
The breakdown of the new figures shows that Reigate and Banstead reported the highest increase with 192 cases.
Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough (increase shown is from the last 24 hours)
- Elmbridge: 3,817 (increase of 149)
- Epsom and Ewell: 2,586 (increase of 103)
- Guildford: 3,806 (increase of 93)
- Mole Valley: 2,184 (increase of 52)
- Reigate and Banstead: 4,108 (increase of 192)
- Runnymede: 2,969 (increase of 121)
- Spelthorne: 3,466 (increase of 160)
- Surrey Heath: 2,646 (increase of 80)
- Tandridge: 2,621 (increase of 105)
- Waverley: 2,837 (increase of 90)
- Woking : 3,273 (increase of 137)
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 535 (increase of five)
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 406 (increase of one)
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 339 (increase of one)
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 261 (increase of four)
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 150 (no change)
- Woking Community Hospital – one (no change)
- Nuffield Health, Woking – one (no change)
- Mount Alvernia, Guildford – two (no change)
- Walton Community Hospital – four (no change)
- St Magnus in Haslemere – two (no change)
The Government said a further 981 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 72,548.
This is the highest daily figure reported since April 24, when 1,010 deaths were reported, but there is likely to be a lag in reporting deaths over the Christmas period.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 88,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
As of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 50,023 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,432,888.
Boris Johnson today said he hoped that by spring of 2021, many coronavirus restrictions would have “receded into the past”.
The Prime Minister told a Downing Street briefing: “If we’re right and the vaccination programme does have the positive effects that we think it can have, and I stress these are ifs, then clearly a lot of the non pharmaceutical interventions…will recede into the past.
“We’ll be able to do things very differently.”
He added that the public may need to carry on with “basic disciplines” such as washing hands and wearing masks “for a while after”.