No further Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals as city's coronavirus infection rate declines

No new Covid deaths have been recorded at Leeds hospitals according to the latest daily update.

Figures released by NHS England show six deaths were recorded in the country's hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Saturday. April 24..

The deaths were recorded on April 23.

The time taken for positive results to be received is among the potential factors in a delay between a death happening and being recorded.

No new Covid deaths have been recorded at Leeds hospitals according to the latest daily update.

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 was one such death in England.

According to Government data, a total of 1,309 patients across all hospital trusts and community settings in Leeds have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to April 25.

This equates to 165 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 1,692 deaths recorded in Leeds where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes.

This equates to 213.3 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 April 18 - 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 5,249.

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

As of April 20, 26 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, 41 new Covid-19 cases have been reported on April 21.

It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 62,592.

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

There were 363 cases confirmed in the seven days to April 20, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 45.8 per 100,000 people.

This is a decrease of 12.9 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 2.2 per cent of the 16,622 people in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending April 19.

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 4,329 lateral flow test results were provided on April 23 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 702,531.

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.