Another 12 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Surrey in the latest daily figures (Saturday December 12).
Five deaths were recorded at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, with four at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust saw two new Covid-19 related deaths, with one more death at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Meanwhile, 381 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded across Surrey in the last 24 hours – a slight fall from yesterday’s increase of 412.
The largest increase came in Reigate and Banstead, where there were 51 more positive tests.
There are 44 new cases in Elmbridge, followed by 41 in both Spelthorne and Tandridge.
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The Government said a further 519 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday.
A total of 64,026 deaths have now been recorded across the UK since the start of the pandemic.
As of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 21,502 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, making a total of 1,830,956.
Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough
- Elmbridge: 2,273 (increase of 44)
- Epsom and Ewell: 1,535 (increase of 31)
- Guildford: 2,427 (increase of 30)
- Mole Valley: 1,471 (increase of 37)
- Reigate and Banstead: 2,427 (increase of 51)
- Runnymede: 2,039 (increase of 23)
- Spelthorne: 2,073 (increase of 41)
- Surrey Heath: 1,583 (increase of 24)
- Tandridge: 1,435 (increase of 41)
- Waverley: 1,837 (increase of 28)
- Woking: 2,016 (increase of 31)
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 461 ( increase of one )
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 356 ( increase of four )
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 303 ( increase of five )
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 241 (no change)
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 128 ( increase of two )
- 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)
Meanwhile relaxing Covid restrictions for five days over the Christmas period is a “mistake” that will have “consequences”, a professor of public health said today.
Linda Bauld, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “I think people have to think very carefully whether they can see loved ones outside, or do it in a very modest way.
“I’m also concerned about the travel, people going from high to low-prevalence areas.”
She told BBC Breakfast: “I think it’s going to have consequences.
“I completely understand why governments are doing that. Behaviourally people are fed up.
“If you’re meeting people indoors from other households, there’s poor ventilation, maybe older family members are in those bubbles, unfortunately because the virus hasn’t been eliminated… I think that means the Christmas period is a risk.
“From a public health perspective, I have to be perfectly honest, I think this is a mistake.”