More than 15 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Derbyshire, according to NHS England figures released today (November 14).
The deaths occurred at hospitals operated by Derby and Burton NHS Trust and Chesterfield Royal.
In the past 24 hours, 458 new cases have also been recorded in the county.
Across the UK, 26,860 people were diagnosed nationwide in the last 24 hours, meaning a total of 1,344,356 people have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Government said a further 462 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday.
This brings the UK total to 51,766.
In Derby, a further 97 cases have been recorded – bringing the total to 6,350.
There have also been increases of 94 in Amber Valley, 56 in Chesterfield and 52 in South Derbyshire.
Here is the breakdown for each local authority area across Derbyshire:
- Amber Valley – 2,747 (increase of 52)
- Bolsover – 2,022 (increase of 44)
- Chesterfield – 2,258 (increase of 45)
- Derby – 6,350 (increase of 97)
- Derbyshire Dales – 1,050 (increase of 37)
- Erewash – 2,442 (increase of 64)
- High Peak – 2,193 (increase of 37)
- North East Derbyshire – 2,502 (increase of 36)
- South Derbyshire – 2,386 (increase of 46)
Locally, the number of Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic is as follows:
- Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – 664 (12 new deaths)
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital – 166 (four new deaths)
- Derbyshire Community Health Services – 22 (no change)
- Derbyshire Healthcare – 2 (no change)
Family and friends of people living in care homes will get access to regular testing to allow them to visit their loved ones, the Government has said.
A new pilot launching on Monday will take place in 20 care homes across Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall. But the scheme will be rolled out to other regions before Christmas, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The tests – offered to one family member or friend for each resident – could put an end to “heartbreaking” restrictions on visits, when used in combination with other protective measures such as PPE.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I know how heartbreaking restricting visits to care homes has been, not only for residents – many of whom will feel disoriented and confused by the situation – but also their loved ones who aren’t able to simply hug each other to support them in this difficult time.”
He added: “By respecting social distancing and staying at home as much as possible we will help reunite families and friends with loved ones in care homes as quickly as possible.”