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Spike in Lanc’s Covid-19 deaths after day of no fatalities

Written by on June 16, 2020

Six more deaths have been recorded across Lancashire’s NHS hospital trusts.

New data released by NHS England this afternoon (June 16) shows that five more people have lost their lives under the care of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Two people died on Saturday, June 13 and three people lost their lives on Sunday, June 14.

A total of 221 people have now died under the trust’s care.

The news comes on the day that the trust also revealed 400 Covid-19 patients have now been discharged from its care.

One person died under the care of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

They lost their life yesterday (June 15). A total of 196 people have now died under the trust’s care.

The tragic news brings the county death toll to 955 and follows a day on which no deaths were reported across Lancashire.

There can be a delay in reporting figures, meaning each death is not reported by the NHS on the following day.

As such, increases or decreases in the numbers should be treated with caution.

No deaths have been announced elsewhere in Lancashire.

It means that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s death toll remains at 230.

The death toll at the University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust remains at 165 and at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust it remains at 143.

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has climbed to 32,512 after 93 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours – the lowest rise on a Tuesday during the lockdown.

England reported 79 new deaths, Wales had eight, Scotland recorded five, and Northern Ireland had one amid fears the UK could see a second wave of Covid-19.

The coronavirus reproduction rate, or R rate, may have risen above one in parts of England, government scientists have said.

Tuesday’s figures often spike due to a lag in reporting fatalities from weekends – 32 deaths were announced on Monday and 31 on Sunday.

The latest daily increase of 93 hospital deaths is almost half of the total announced two weeks ago.

On recent Tuesdays, 145 deaths were announced on June 9, 164 on June 2, 142 on May 26, 227 on May 19 and 425 on May 12. The highest rise on a Tuesday was 873 deaths on April 21.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “A further 79 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 28,060.

“Patients were aged between 40 and 99 years old.”

On June 15, the total figures for coronavirus related deaths at Lancashire hospitals currently stand at:

Blackpool teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 221

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 230

University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust – 165

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust – 196

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – 143

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