Another 15 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Surrey in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures released today (August 22)
The region has seen a total of 4,957 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic – you can see the breakdown by area below.
UK-wide, another 18 people have died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 41,423.
A total of 324,601 people are confirmed to have had the virus since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 1,288 since yesterday (August 21).
No more deaths with coronavirus have been reported by trusts operating in and around Surrey, and the area’s total remains at 1,198 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough as of Thursday:
- Elmbridge: 467 (increase of two)
- Epsom and Ewell: 348 ( no change )
- Guildford: 593 (increase of one)
- Mole Valley: 341 (increase of one)
- Reigate and Banstead: 807 ( no change )
- Runnymede: 353 ( increase of four )
- Spelthorne: 358 ( no change )
- Surrey Heath: 458 ( increase of one )
- Tandridge: 339 (increase of one)
- Waverley: 491 (increase of four)
- Woking: 402 (increase of one)
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey:
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 365
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 276
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 260
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 189
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 98
Woking Community Hospital – one
Nuffield Health, Woking – one
Mount Alvernia, Guildford – two
Walton Community Hospital – four
St Magnus in Haslemere – two
It is worth noting that some of these trusts operate sites outside of Surrey, for example Frimley Health runs Wexham Park in Slough.
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A former chief scientific adviser has warned Covid-19 will be with us “forever” and people are likely to need regular vaccinations against it.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said that, like flu, repeat inoculations will be required.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said the coronavirus pandemic will be controlled by “global vaccination” but that it is not “going to be a disease like smallpox which could be eradicated by vaccination”.