Leeds Covid stats: Number of newly reported deaths in UK lowest since early September

The number of newly reported Covid-19 deaths in the UK has dropped to its lowest level for more than seven months.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 8:46 pm

Just four people were reported on Monday as having died with 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, with no further deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals according to the latest NHS data.

It is the fewest number of deaths to be reported in the UK on a single day since September 7.

The figure is not a reliable real-time snapshot of Covid-19 deaths, however.

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Leeds hospitals recorded no further coronavirus deaths today

The time between a death taking place and a death being reported is typically longer over weekends, meaning the numbers announced on Sundays and Mondays are much lower than those on other days.

A more accurate measure of the trend in Covid-19 deaths is the seven-day rolling average.

This currently stands at an average of 25 deaths reported per day – the lowest it has been since September 19, and down 98 per cent from the second-wave peak of 1,248.

Figures for reported deaths are published by the Government and only include people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

The total number of deaths in the UK based on the 28-day cut-off now stands at 127,274.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 151,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

How many people have died with coronavirus in Leeds?

According to Government data, a total of 1,304 patients across all hospital trusts and community settings in Leeds have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to April 19.

his equates to 164.4 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 1,682 deaths recorded in Leeds where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes.

This equates to 212.1 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, no patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on April 11 - the most recent date for which figures are available.

The total number of coronavirus patients admitted to the trust's hospitals since the pandemic began stands at 5,233.

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

As of April 13, 24 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including five 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 3,389 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19, 2020 and April 7, 2021.

Is the number of Covid cases rising in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 73 new Covid-19 cases have been reported on April 19.

It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 62,283.

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

There were 384 cases confirmed in the seven days to April 14, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 48.4 per 100,000 people.

This is a decrease of 31.9 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 2.5 per cent of the 17,151 people in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending April 14.

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 18,135 lateral flow test results were provided on April 18 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 653,708.

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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