Eight new Covid deaths recorded at Leeds hospitals in latest daily NHS update
There have been eight new Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals, according to the latest daily update.
Figures released by NHS England show 164 deaths were recorded in the country's hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Monday (March 8).
The deaths were between December 20, 2020 and March 8, 2021.
The time taken for positive results to be received is among the potential factors in a delay between a death happening and being recorded.
Since April 28 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement also started to report the number of patient deaths where there has been no Covid-19 positive test result but it is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death in the death certification process.
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The figures for the latest reporting period show there were 34 such deaths in England.
This equates to 157.0 deaths per 100,000 people since the pandemic began, with the highest daily total being 19 deaths on November 7 2020.
Separate Office for National Statistics data, updated weekly, shows there have been a total of 1,585 deaths recorded in Leeds where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes.
This equates to 199.8 deaths per 100,000 people since the pandemic began.
How many Covid patients are being treated in Leeds hospitals?
According to Government data on healthcare, eight patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on February 28 - the most recent date for which figures are available.
It brings the total number of coronavirus patients admitted to the trust's hospitals since the pandemic began to 5,023.
The highest number of admissions recorded to date was 52 patients on November 11 2020.
As of March 2, 151 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including 23 in mechanical ventilation beds.
The highest number of Covid patients being treated on any one day was 331 on November 22 2020, with the most patients in mechanical ventilation beds being reported as 45 on April 23 2020.
Figures for the number of patients discharged are not currently provided on a daily basis.
However, the latest NHS England data shows a total of 2,826 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19 2020 and February 3 2021.
Is the number of Covid cases rising in Leeds?
According to the latest Government figures, 96 new Covid-19 cases have been reported on March 8. It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 58,304.
The highest daily number of cases reported was 693 on October 1 2020.
There were 780 cases confirmed in the seven days to March 4, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 98.3 per 100,000 people.
This is a decrease of 32.5 per cent on the previous seven-day period.
How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?
According to the latest Government figures, 4.7 per cent of the 19,016 in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending March 4.
The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are lab-based and test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The figures also show that 18,118 lateral flow test results were provided on March 8 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 224,520.
Those figures represent the number of confirmed positive, negative or void lateral flow device test results. This is a count of test results and may include multiple tests for an individual person.
Lateral flow devices test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and are swab tests that give results in less than an hour, without needing to go to a laboratory. They have been used in trials of mass testing in schools, universities and care homes.
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