Three people have died of coronavirus in the Surrey area on one of the county’s worst days in weeks.
A total of 213 new cases have today been recorded in Surrey – the fourth worst total so far in October.
In addition, the UK has had its highest number of deaths since May – with 367 reported.
In a sign of how things have worsened this month in Surrey, only 42 cases were recorded here on October 1, and just 41 on October 2.
A month ago there was just 29.
The fatalities here revealed today have been reported at three different trusts serving people in Surrey.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has had another death, taking its total to 385 since the pandemic began.
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has also recorded another death today, taking its total to 290.
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust also reported another death, taking its total to 195.
Reigate and Banstead was the area today to record the most new cases in the county – with 28 – although there were double-digit increases in all areas of Surrey.
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Breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough
- Elmbridge: 1,308 (increase of 20)
- Epsom and Ewell: 697 (increase of 10)
- Guildford: 1,237 (increase of 23)
- Mole Valley: 706 (increase of 22)
- Reigate and Banstead: 1,309 (increase of 28)
- Runnymede: 774 (increase of 25)
- Spelthorne: 812 (increase of 17)
- Surrey Heath: 827 (increase of 17)
- Tandridge: 652 (increase of 12)
- Waverley: 1,104 (increase of 24)
- Woking: 849 (increase of 15)
Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 385 (increase of 1)
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 290 (increase of 1)
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 263 (no change)
- Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 195 (increase of 1)
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 99 (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)
October 21 remains the worst day so far this month in Surrey, when 271 new cases were reported.
The UK has recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since May as the total deaths involving Covid-19 in the country reached 61,000.
A further 367 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, the Government said.
The number of deaths is the highest daily figure since May 27, when 422 deaths were reported.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned that the rising death toll from Covid-19 was likely to “continue for some time”.
“We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time,” she said.
“Each day we see more people testing positive and hospital admissions increasing.
“Being seriously ill enough from the infection to need hospital admission can sadly lead to more Covid-related deaths.
“We can help to control this virus. We know that by washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and socially distancing we can save lives by slowing the spread of the virus.”