North West Covid-19 cases by area as virus survivors ask to join trial
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 17, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the North West of England now stands at 26,811.
The latest data from Public Health England on Tuesday evening (June 16) showed a daily increase of 52 cases across the region.
In Lancashire, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the area managed by Lancashire County Council stands at 3,798; an increase of six cases.
In Blackpool the number rose to 677 cases while in Blackburn with Darwen also increased to 421; an increase of one case in each area.
Deaths in Lancashire also rose by six, with NHS England yesterday confirming five more people with coronavirus had died under the care of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
A total of 221 people have now died under the trust’s care.
One person lost their life at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.
A total of 196 people have now died under the trust’s care.
It means the death toll for the county has risen to 955.
No deaths have been announced elsewhere in Lancashire, meaning 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.
Across the North West, there are 1,045 confirmed coronavirus cases in Bolton, 806 in Bury, 1,309 in Cheshire East, 1,211 in Cheshire West and Chester, 2,259 in Cumbria, 412 in Halton, 673 in Knowsley, 1,669 in Liverpool, 1,685 in Manchester, 1,139 in Oldham, 863 in Rochdale, 967 in Salford, 964 in Sefton, 760 in St Helens, 1,073 in Stockport, 833 in Tameside, 870 in Trafford, 800 in Warrington, 1,230 in Wigan, and 1,347 in Wirral.
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Nationally, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 through the national testing programme will be asked to join a blood plasma trial.
A major trial is ongoing to assess whether convalescent plasma donations can be transfused into patients who are struggling to develop their own immune response.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which is collecting the plasma for the trial, said people confirmed with the virus through the “Pillar 2” national testing programme will receive a text message 21 days after their result to see whether they are willing to donate plasma.
The text messaging service started this week and saw more than 10,000 people enrol in the trial.
Texts were sent to 65,000 people on Monday and Tuesday, which directed them to a link and a web form where they could volunteer to donate.
Over the last two days, 10,370 people completed the form, bringing the total so far to 82,091, NHSBT said.
The texts will now be sent on a weekly basis to anyone who tests positive through the national testing programme. People will receive them 21 days after their result.
An NHSBT spokesman said: “We thank everyone who beat Covid-19 who got a text and is now offering to donate convalescent plasma.
“We particularly want to hear from recovered people who are men, or who are aged over 35, or who needed hospital treatment.
“People falling into one of these three categories are likely to have higher antibody levels which means their plasma is more likely to be able to save lives.”
The plasma from former patients is rich in the antibodies that develop as a person recovers from an illness.
It is transfused into people who are seriously ill with Covid-19 and struggling to develop their own antibodies.
If the trial is successful, being treated with convalescent plasma could become a widespread practice in hospitals.
Early analysis from the trial found that people from Asian communities who have recovered from Covid-19 are more likely to have the antibody-rich convalescent plasma which can save lives.
New figures, reported into the programme last week, showed the Asian convalescent plasma donors were almost twice as likely to have high antibody levels as white donors – 63% of Asian donors met the threshold, compared to 36% of white donors.
- Anyone who has had coronavirus or the symptoms and lives near a donor centre can offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting nhsbt.nhs.uk