More deaths in Bristol hospitals as new covid-19 cases increase

Two more people have died with coronavirus in Bristol hospitals.

The latest figures revealed by the Department of Health and NHS England two more deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours at Southmead Hospital.

Those patients did not die in the past 24 hours from Tuesday into 5pm on Wednesday, but died in the past week and their deaths have now been registered and added to the total figures.

Deaths in hospital with coronavirus at Southmead Hospital now stand at 93, an increase of two from the same time yesterday.

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The hospital had a bad week last week. In the seven days from Monday, April 27 to Sunday, May 3, a total of 15 deaths have so far been recorded – one of the highest seven day periods at the hospital since the pandemic began.

At the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the total number of deaths with coronavirus registered by the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Trust actually went down in the 24 hours to 5pm on Wednesday. Yesterday, 75 deaths had been recorded, and today 74 had.

It is not clear why this change has happened, but it could be for a number of reasons – from a more accurate post-mortem or negative test being recorded, or a patients’ death being wrongly attributed to Covid-19 and subsequently rectified on the historic record.

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Across Bristol’s two hospitals, the number of deaths with coronavirus now stands at 167.

Figures from the Care Quality Commission and the Office of National Statistics showed earlier this week that, up to April 24, more people had died with coronavirus in nursing and care homes in the Bristol area than in the city’s two hospitals.

The numbers of tests being carried out is increasing, with a test facility at Bristol Airport busy.

Coronavirus case numbers

Yesterday, Bristol Live reported the figures showed no new cases in Bristol itself in the 24 hours to 5pm yesterday – a first since the pandemic began.

But today, Wednesday, there have been six new positive test results for people living in Bristol.

That takes the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 640.

Outside Bristol, the number of cases confirmed in North Somerset increased by one in the past 24 hours, to 258.

In South Gloucestershire, the number increased by three to 361.

And in Bath and North East Somerset, the number of positive coronavirus cases increased by two, to 219.

Across the West of England as a whole, there have now been 1,478 confirmed cases, up by 12 from yesterday.

Nationally, the number of people who have died of coronavirus has now topped 30,000 – the highest figure in Europe.

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The death toll yesterday was put at 649 in just 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,076.

The Prime Minister has announced he will announce the next steps for ending the lockdown, partially in stages, on Sunday, with some measures to take effect from Monday.

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