Leeds hospitals record no further Covid deaths - but cases still rising
Leeds hospitals have recorded no further deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19, according to the latest daily statistics.
Figures released by NHS England show 508 deaths were recorded in the country's hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Saturday, but none were in Leeds.
The deaths took place between December 17 2020 and January 9 2021, with the time taken for positive results to be received among the potential factors in a delay between a death happening and being recorded.
The data represents the deaths of hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the previous 28 days and whose deaths were recorded in the latest reporting period.
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 25 such deaths in England.
According to Government data, a total of 951 patients across all hospital trusts and community settings in Leeds have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to January 10.
How many Covid patients are being treated in Leeds hospitals?
According to Government data on healthcare, 18 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on January 3 - 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 3,730. The highest number of admissions recorded to date was 52 patients on November 11 2020.
As of December 30, 152 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including 13 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 1,969 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19 2020 and December 2 2020.
Is the number of Covid cases rising in Leeds?
According to the latest Government figures, 449 people in Leeds tested positive for Covid-19 on January 10. It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 45,366.
The highest daily number of cases reported was 693 on October 1 2020.
There were 2,744 cases confirmed in the seven days to January 5, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 346 per 100,000 people. This is an increase of 53.3 per cent on the previous seven-day period.
How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?
According to the latest Government figures, 14 per cent of the 21,015 people in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending January 5.
The figures also show that 255 lateral flow test results were provided on January 9 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 19,496.
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.