Seven more people have died of coronavirus in Surrey hospital trusts, the latest daily figures show on Sunday (November 29).
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust recorded the most deaths with three, while Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust recorded two.
One death was under the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – which also runs hospitals in Berkshire – while another patient died in the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.
It comes as 192 new cases were reported across the county.
The breakdown for each area of the county shows that Runnymede had the most new cases with 46.
There were 25 confirmed infections in Reigate and Banstead and another 20 in Woking.
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Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough
- Elmbridge: 1,927 (increase of 18)
- Epsom and Ewell: 1,266 (increase of 13)
- Guildford: 2,094 (increase of 16)
- Mole Valley: 1,271 (increase of 14)
- Reigate and Banstead: 2,078 (increase of 25)
- Runnymede: 1,613 (increase of 46)
- Spelthorne: 1,721 (increase of 5)
- Surrey Heath: 1,317 (increase of 10)
- Tandridge: 1,123 (increase of 14)
- Waverley: 1,637 (increase of 11)
- Woking: 1,559 (increase of 20)
The Government said a further 215 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 58,245.
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 73,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 12,155 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,617,327.
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 442 ( increase of one )
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 329 ( increase of three )
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 293 ( no change )
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 229 ( increase of two )
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 114 ( increase of one )
- 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)
Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said it would be a “terrible mistake” to relax restrictions just months before vaccines “start to have an effect”.
Boris Johnson has said that at the first review of the measures in mid-December he would move areas down a tier where there is “robust evidence” that coronavirus is in sustained decline, and that legislation will have a “sunset of February 3”.
Asked about this, Prof Openshaw said the virus must be kept under control.
He told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “We scientists are very concerned indeed about relaxation of precautions at this stage. The rates are still too high, there’s too many cases coming into hospitals, too many people dying.
“And if we take the brakes off at this stage, just when the end is in sight, I think we would be making a huge mistake.
“We’ve all sacrificed so much, everyone has sacrificed enormously in order to get the transmission rate down. With only a few months to go until vaccines start to have an effect I think it would just be a terrible mistake.
“I think we must keep this under control and just behave very, very sensibly. It’s extremely difficult to get this right and I don’t envy the politicians.”