Six further coronavirus deaths at Surrey NHS trusts as cases rise across county

Six further coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in Surrey hospitals – while another 270 cases have been recorded across the county.

The latest daily data (Saturday, December 5) reveals two new fatalities at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, three at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and a single death at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Saturday’s figures showed the biggest increase in cases overnight was in Runnymede, where another 49 positive tests were recorded.

There were 32 new cases in Woking, 30 in Reigate and Banstead and 26 in Tandridge.

Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough

  • Elmbridge: 2,064 (increase of 22)
  • Epsom and Ewell: 1,373 (increase of 15)
  • Guildford: 2,234 (increase of 27)
  • Mole Valley: 1,352 (increase of 10)
  • Reigate and Banstead: 2,220 (increase of 30)
  • Runnymede: 1,845 (increase of 49)
  • Spelthorne: 1,852 (increase of 25)
  • Surrey Heath: 1,427 (increase of 20)
  • Tandridge: 1,235 (increase of 26)
  • Waverley: 1,712 (increase of 14)
  • Woking: 1,757 (increase of 32)

Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 451 (increase of two)
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 344 ( increase of three )
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 293 (no change)
  • Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 237 ( increase of one )
  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 117 (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 Government said a further 397 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 61,014.

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 74,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

As of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 15,539 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,705,971.

The UK’s chief medical officers have warned the coronavirus vaccine will only have a “marginal impact” on hospital numbers over the winter as each of the four nations prepares to start administering the first doses next week.

Festive gatherings are likely to put additional pressure on healthcare services, with a tough few months still ahead, experts said.

It comes as preparations are continuing to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from as early as Tuesday in what has been described as “one of the greatest challenges the NHS has ever faced”.

GP surgeries in England have also been told to be ready to start staffing Covid-19 vaccination centres by December 14.

In a letter to colleagues, the four chief medical officers said this winter would be “especially hard” for the health service due to coronavirus.

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