Five more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Surrey.
Two of the deaths were recorded at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, and another two were reported at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Another death was also reported at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which has had the most deaths of all of the NHS trusts serving Surrey patients since the pandemic struck.
There have now been 1,343 Covid-19 deaths at the trusts serving the county since the virus arrived.
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New daily data from public health officials also revealed another 244 cases of the virus have been registered in the county in the latest 24-hour period.
Spelthorne has seen the most new cases with 36, while Runnymede was next with 34.
The latest total offers further encouragement that numbers are falling in the county. For instance, on November 9 there were 427 cases reported in just one day.
Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough
- Elmbridge: 1,740 (increase of 32)
- Epsom and Ewell: 1,119 (increase of 19)
- Guildford: 1,854 (increase of 22)
- Mole Valley: 1,137 (increase of 10)
- Reigate and Banstead: 1,874 (increase of 19)
- Runnymede: 1,405 (increase of 34)
- Spelthorne: 1,513 (increase of 36)
- Surrey Heath: 1,146 (increase of 24)
- Tandridge: 1,002 (increase of 18)
- Waverley: 1,486 (increase of 13)
- Woking: 1,292 (increase of 17)
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 424 (increase of one)
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 316 (increase of two)
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 273 (no change)
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 209 (increase of two)
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 111 (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 news comes as it emerged that a further 501 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 53,775.
In addition, there were a further 22,915 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,453,256.
Meanwhile, separate figures 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 69,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
It came as offcials revealed that Covid-19 case rates in England have fallen for most adult age groups, although they are continuing to rise among people over 70.
According to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England, the highest rate is still among 20 to 29 year-olds, which stood at 362.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week to November 15, down from 389.9 in the previous week.
In addition, rates have also dropped among 30 to 39 year-olds (from 338.6 to 324.3), 40 to 49 year-olds (316.3 to 313.7), 50 to 59 year-olds (306.1 to 302.3) and 60 to 69 year-olds (217.5 to 209.6).
However, rates have risen slightly for 70 to 79-year olds, from 146.1 to 147.5, while for those aged 80 and over rates have climbed from 235.5 to 245.3.
Further to that, the rate has also increased for 10-19 year-olds, from 232.8 to 257.4.
Downing Street said today that plans for the replacement for England’s lockdown measures and proposals to ease restrictions over Christmas would be set out next week.
A No 10 spokesman said: “We obviously keep the case numbers under review and we will continue to do so going into next week when we will set out more details of the next phase, post-December 2.”
Scientists have suggested that every day of relaxed measures over Christmas would require five days of tougher measures to compensate for the risk of a coronavirus spike.
The No 10 spokesman pointed to Boris Johnson’s view that “whilst Christmas will be a little bit different from normal this year, we continue to hope to ensure that families can spend Christmas together”.
“We will set out our plans next week.”