Nine areas of Surrey record new coronavirus cases

Another 21 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Surrey in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures released today (August 21)

The region has seen a total of 4,942 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic – you can see the breakdown by area below.

UK-wide, another two people have died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 41,405

A total of 321,313 people are confirmed to have had the virus since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 1,033 since yesterday (August 20).

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: 465 (increase of three)
  • Epsom and Ewell: 348 (increase of two)
  • Guildford: 592 (increase of four)
  • Mole Valley: 340 (increase of three)
  • Reigate and Banstead: 807 (increase of three)
  • Runnymede: 349 (no change)
  • Spelthorne: 358 (increase of one)
  • Surrey Heath: 457 (no change)
  • Tandridge: 338 (increase of one)
  • Waverley: 487 (increase of three)
  • Woking: 401 (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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Meanwhile a top academic has warned of a second wave of coronavirus and a difficult winter ahead.

Professor Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, said he thinks there is a “really bumpy” winter on the way, especially with the additional risk of flu.

The expert also pointed out the importance of easy-to-access tests which are non-invasive, particularly for schools and universities.

Speaking on a Royal Society of Medicine webinar, Prof Bell said: “My bet is that we will get a second wave, and the vaccines won’t get here in time to stop the second wave.

“And I’m not sure the new home testing is going to get there in time either, but it perhaps will take the edge off it.

“But then I suspect by Christmas or early in the new year, there may be more than one option for vaccines.

“My suspicion is the vaccines will work a bit, they won’t sterilise people, but they’ll take the edge off the disease, and they’ll definitely be worth using in a population.

“But they won’t… they’re not going to solve this problem. And by the way, the rest of the world is still going to have Covid going through the winter.”

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