Another 18 people diagnosed with coronavirus have died in Surrey’s hospitals – as cases rocketed by 655 in just 24 hours.
The latest figures revealed eight more Covid-19 related deaths at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, with four each at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
There were two new deaths at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.
The latest daily case numbers show the biggest increase in Surrey overnight was in Elmbridge, with 98 new cases.
Public Health England data shows another 95 cases in Spelthorne, 72 in Epsom and Ewell and 61 in Guildford.
The Government said a further 691 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 68,307.
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 84,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 36,804 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,110,314.
Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough
- Elmbridge: 2,902 (increase of 98)
- Epsom and Ewell: 1,987 (increase of 72)
- Guildford: 2,987 (increase of 61)
- Mole Valley: 1,765 (increase of 24)
- Reigate and Banstead: 3,092 (increase of 54)
- Runnymede: 2,480 (increase of 39)
- Spelthorne: 2,701 (increase of 95)
- Surrey Heath: 2,088 (increase of 47)
- Tandridge: 1,949 (increase of 58)
- Waverley: 2,271 (increase of 51)
- Woking : 2,618 (increase of 56)
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Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 498 ( increase of four )
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 378 ( increase of four )
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 317 ( increase of eight )
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 250 (no change)
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 140 ( 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)
Epidemiologist Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Government’s Sage scientific advisory panel, suggested tougher lockdown restrictions would be needed to tackle the new variant coronavirus.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The Government have actually acted pretty fast.
“It depends now on how effective these measures are and how widespread the virus is.
“Unfortunately it does look like the virus is probably across the country already and so I do think that we might unfortunately have to impose tougher restrictions across the country.”