Surrey sees five more coronavirus deaths as cases continue to climb

Five more coronavirus patients have died at Surrey NHS trusts, the latest daily data shows today (Monday).

Two patients have died at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, two at Epsom and St Helier University Foundation Trust and one at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

The fatalities take Surrey’s overall death toll to 1,292.

The news comes as 243 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the county in the latest daily set of virus figures from public health officials.

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Waverley recorded the most new cases with 32, while Reigate and Banstead on 31 and Elmbridge on 29 were next.

All areas of the county reported double-figure increases.

Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough

  • Elmbridge: 1,596 (increase of 29)
  • Epsom and Ewell: 916 (increase of 16)
  • Guildford: 1,602 (increase of 27)
  • Mole Valley: 1,016 (increase of 10)
  • Reigate and Banstead: 1,622 (increase of 31)
  • Runnymede: 1,024 (increase of 20)
  • Spelthorne: 1,181 (increase of 25)
  • Surrey Heath: 1,009 (increase of 11)
  • Tandridge: 834 (increase of 18)
  • Waverley: 1,400 (increase of 32)
  • Woking: 1,139 (increase of 24)

Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 406 (increase of two)
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 303 (increase of two)
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 263 (no change)
  • Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 201 (no change)
  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 109 (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)

It came as a further 194 virus deaths were recorded in the UK in the latest daily data.

That increase brings the death toll since the pandemic began to 49,063.

There were 21,350 new positives found, making the total so far 1,213,363.

In other coronavirus news, a major breakthrough has been announced in the search for a coronavirus vaccine today, with the jab from Pfizer found to be more than 90% effective.

The pharmaceutical giant and its partner BioNTech said interim results showed their jab could prevent people developing Covid-19.

Dr Albert Bourla, Pfizer chairman and chief executive, said: “Today is a great day for science and humanity.”

Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at the University of Oxford, said: “This news made me smile from ear to ear.”

England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the findings demonstrated “the power of science against Covid”, adding: “We must see the final safety and efficacy data, but it is very encouraging.

“It is essential we continue to suppress Covid, but it is a reason for optimism for 2021.”

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