Nine new Covid deaths recorded at Yorkshire hospitals as scientists recommend circuit breaker lockdown

Nine new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at hospitals in Yorkshire, NHS England said on Friday.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 3:39 pm

Two patients died at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and two at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

One patient each died at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.]

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The Government is being advised to pencil in a series of circuit breaker lockdowns for all the remaining school holidays

It brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths recorded at hospitals in Yorkshire to 3,066.

A further 73 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital elsewhere in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,825.

Patients were aged between 35 and 97.

All but eight patients, aged between 49 and 94, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 2 and October 15, with the majority on or after October 14.

Six other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

It comes as the Government is being advised to pencil in a series of circuit breaker lockdowns for all the remaining school holidays this academic year, according to The Times.

Ministers have been told that the Test and Trace system is no longer able to keep up with rapidly rising infections, and measures need to be taken to prevent longer lockdowns and further damage in future.

Scientific advisers believe the three tier restriction system introduced earlier this week will not be enough to stem the rising tide of infections, and some are calling for a series of circuit breaker lockdowns to coincide with school holidays.

It is thought that pre-planned circuit breaker lockdowns could be a better option than being forced to adopt more harsh and sudden lockdowns reactively, which may need to last longer. The move would also allow minimum disruption to schools and colleges, while allowing families to plan ahead.

Speaking to BBC’s Newscast, SAGE member Professor Jeremy Farrar said, “The base restrictions are not going to be enough to turn the epidemic around and prevent the hospitalisations, and they’re also going to damage the economy.

“The longer you leave it, the epidemic will spiral out of control. The earlier you act, the bigger impact you will have. And the longer you leave it, or you are indecisive or put off decisions then ultimately the harder you will have to act.”