Six more deaths recorded in Doncaster as town's death toll now nears 530

Six more coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Doncaster, bringing the town’s death toll to 527.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 2:57 pm

Newly released NHS England figures show the new fatalities were recorded at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust in the last 24 hours.

However, due to delays in recording and reporting, it doesn’t necessarily mean the deaths took place over the course of the last day.

The fatalities are counted as having occured within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19 and relate to deaths in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Mexborough’s Montagu Hospital and Bassetlaw Hospital at Worksop.

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Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Meanwhile, on his weekly update on the coronavirus situation in Doncaster, Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health, said that while infection numbers were falling, the virus was still spreading in the town.

He said: “From December 5-11, our seven day infection rate was 192.4 per 100,000.

"This is very similar to previous weeks. In addition to this rate the government also consider the rates of infection in over 60s, the total number of people that are testing positive in Doncaster, as well as current and projected pressures on the NHS.

“Whilst these numbers have fallen and continue to be much lower than in recent weeks, it’s clear that the NHS is still under huge pressure and the virus continues to spread in communities, work places and schools.

“I know it’s difficult, particularly at this time of year, but we need to continue to follow all the guidance in place to help reduce our infection rates further. This starts with following the face, space and hands principles and self-isolating and booking a test immediately if you have any symptoms