Four new Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals

A total of four new Covid deaths have been recorded by Leeds hospitals according to the latest daily update.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 5:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 5:40 pm

Figures released by NHS England show 98 deaths were recorded in the country's hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Monday, March 22.

The deaths were between December 30, 2020 and March 22, 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.

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Four new Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals

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.

The figures for the latest reporting period show there were 27 such deaths in England.

According to Government data, a total of 1,279 patients across all hospital trusts and community settings in Leeds have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to March 23.

This equates to 161.3 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 1,643 deaths recorded in Leeds where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes.

This equates to 207.2 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, two patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on March 14 - 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 5,132.

The highest number of admissions recorded to date was 52 patients on November 11 2020.

As of March 16, 65 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including 11 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 3,206 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19 2020 and March 3 2021.

Is the number of Covid cases rising in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 130 new Covid-19 cases have been reported on March 23.

It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 60,027.

The highest daily number of cases reported was 693 on October 1 2020.

There were 791 cases confirmed in the seven days to March 18, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 99.7 per 100,000 people.

This is a decrease of 9.2 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 4.2 per cent of the 19,098 in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending March 18.

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 12,838 lateral flow test results were provided on March 22 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 416,944.

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.