Hope for tragedy hit Merseyside as coronavirus deaths stay low again

There are more rays of hope that the Merseyside region – hit so hard during the coronavirus pandemic – may be through the worst ravages of this disease. While we continue to be struck by tragedies on a daily basis, the number of those reported to have died has once again stayed low. Where at one stage we were counting the tragic cost of 40 or 50 deaths across our region’s various hospital trusts, today there have been 11 further deaths recorded for the region, similar to the 13 recorded yesterday.

Six of those were registered at the Liverpool University NHS Trust, which covers the Royal, Broadgreen and Aintree hospitals. The Trust’s total now stands at 294.

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The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Trust has recorded no new deaths and remains on 16, while the specialist Walton Centre remains on five after also registering zero new deaths. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has been caring for some adult patients with Covid-19, two of them have sadly died, but no more in today’s update.

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Wirral has had another day of no new deaths, with the borough’s main trust that covers Arrowe Park Hospital remaining on a total of 152.

The Warrington and Halton NHS Trust has generally had lower numbers than other trusts, but has reported four new deaths today to take its overall figure to 70.

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One new death at the trust covering St Helens and Ormskirk Hospital means it now stands at 139, while the Southport and Ormskirk Trust remains on 105 after reporting no new fatalities today. The overall UK figure for deaths has also remained low – although experts continue to warn that this may be in part because of a lag in reporting over the weekend. A total of 350 extra deaths across the whole UK have been recorded today.

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A further 329 people in England, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 18,749.

Patients were aged between 29 and 100 years old.

22 of the 329 patients (aged between 29 and 89 years old) had no known underlying health condition. In Wales there are 9,280 confirmed cases – a 203 rise compared to yesterday – and a total of 796 people have now died of the coronavirus, which is an increase of eight in 24 hours. It was reported earlier today that 13 more people have died from coronavirus in Scotland, bringing the country’s overall death toll to 1,262.

It takes the UK’s overall death toll past the 21,000 mark.

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