Two Covid deaths confirmed in Devon ahead of lockdown easing

The latest NHS figures have revealed that there were just two Covid-related deaths in hospitals around the South West.

Both of these occurred at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last month – one on February 13 and another on February 16, but have only just been announced.

In the official coronavirus statement released by the NHS today (March 7) a further 90 people, who tested positive for the virus, have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 84,366.

The statement said: “Patients were aged between 34 and 97 years old. All except three (aged 54-87 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

“Date of death ranges from January 17 to March 6, with the majority being on of after March 3.

“Their families have been informed.”

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By region, the number of patients with Covid-19 are as follows:

  • East of England – 5
  • London – 6
  • Midlands – 30
  • North East and Yorkshire – 23
  • North West – 7
  • South East – 17
  • South West – 2
  • TOTAL – 90

The NHS statement continued: “NHS England and NHS Improvement publish the number of patients who have died in hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 in England.

“Since Tuesday April 28, 2021, NHS England and NHS Improvement also reports the number of patient deaths where there has been no COVID-19 positive test result, but where COVID-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part 1 or part 2 of the death certification process.

“This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on April 24 and subsequently.

“This means the NHS England and NHS Improvement data collection provides information on all COVID related (suspected and confirmed) deaths in England hospitals.

“Today, 20 deaths have been reported with no positive COVID-19 test result.”

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