Two new Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals

There have been two new Covid deaths recorded in Leeds hospitals, according to the latest daily update.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 13th March 2021, 6:50 pm

Figures released by NHS England show 118 deaths were recorded in the country's hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Friday (March 12), including 10 in Yorkshire and The Humber.

The deaths were between December 17 2020 and March 12 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.

Two 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 35 such deaths in England.

According to Government data, a total of 1,268 patients across all hospital trusts and community settings in Leeds have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to March 13.

This equates to 159.9 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 1,585 deaths recorded in Leeds where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes.

This equates to 199.8 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, 15 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on March 7 - 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 5,091.

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

As of March 9, 120 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including 24 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, 129 new Covid-19 cases have been reported on March 13. It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 58,858.

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

There were 790 cases confirmed in the seven days to March 8, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 99.6 per 100,000 people.

This is a decrease of 19.2 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 4.8 per cent of the 18,613 in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending March 8.

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 15,545 lateral flow test results were provided on March 12 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 292,890.

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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