17 more Lancashire hospital coronavirus death as healthy 25-year-old among UK casualties

A further 17 coronavirus patients have died in Lancashire’s hospitals, according to the latest NHS figures, as the UK R rate falls below 1 for the first time since July.

Fatalities were recorded at all five of the region’s NHS trusts and brings the region’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 3,208.

These are cases where a patient has tested positive within 28 days of their death or where Covid-19 is mentioned on their death certificate.

They do not include deaths in care homes or community settings.

East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which includes facilities in Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Pendle, recorded the most with five deaths on February 10.

Four patients died at University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay, including two on February 10 and two on February 11.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust also recorded four deaths. Three patients died on February 10 and one on February 11.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, recorded one death on February 8 and one on February 9.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals recorded two deaths on February 10.

Total coronavirus deaths across Lancashire’s five NHS hospital trusts as of Friday, February 12

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 711 deaths
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: 948 deaths
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 636 deaths
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust: 377 deaths
  • University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust: 535 deaths

The number of daily coronavirus hospital deaths have risen by 508 with a healthy 25-year-old tragically among the casualities.

England recorded 407 new deaths, while Wales recorded 25, Scotland 67 and Northern Ireland 9 in the last 24 hours.

It is the lowest Friday hospital death toll since New Year’s Day.

By comparison, the tolls announced on recent Fridays were 649 on February 5, 865 on January 29, 1,143 on January 22, 1,025 on January 15, 886 on January 8 and 420 on January 1.

It comes as yhe reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus has fallen below one for the first time since July and is now estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9 across the UK.

In a sign that lockdown restrictions are having an impact and the epidemic is shrinking, scientists advising the Government gave their most optimistic outlook for the R number since cases fell last summer.

New data from the Office for National Statistics shows a drop in infections, with around one in 80 people in private households in England having Covid-19 between January 31 and February 6, the equivalent of 695,400 people.

This is down from around one in 65 people for the period January 24 to 30.

The data is based on swab results from people with and without symptoms.

On February 9, the latest date for which figures are available, the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 in the UK stood at 25,621.

This is down 35% from a peak of 39,236 on January 18, and is the lowest number since December 29.

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