Coronavirus claims more lives in Sheffield and South Yorkshire as vaccine supply fears grow

The coronavirus death toll in South Yorkshire continues to increase- this time by 11 more people- amid fears that vaccine supply is slipping across the county.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 5:48 pm

Six more deaths were recorded at Sheffield hospitals in the past 24 hours, according to the most recent data published this afternoon (Thursday, January 28), bringing the total Covid-19 related fatalities in the city to 760.

Elsewhere in South Yorkshire, Doncaster was hit by a further three deaths, bringing the death toll in the town to 661.

In Rotherham there was one additional death, taking the total to 501 and in Barnsley there have been 511 deaths after one more was recorded.

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A member of the public receives the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination centre in St Columba's Church in Sheffield (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Nationwide a further 907 people who tested positive for the virus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 69,801.

Patients were aged between 25 and 104 years old. All except 33, aged 46 to 102 years old, had known underlying health conditions

The date of death ranges from November 11 2020 to January 27 2021, with the majority being on or after 22 January.

It comes after serious doubts that all four priority groups in the county would be vaccinated by the Government’s February 15 deadline were raised- as GP practices tasked with delivering the jabs ‘crave supplies’.

GPs across Sheffield and Doncaster have also criticised mass vaccination centres, insisting GP practices are the best place to deliver the vaccine.

Sheffield medic Dr Ollie Hart said GPs were capable of administering up to 700 vaccines a day but issues with the supply chain were slowing up delivery.

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