There have been a further six fatalities linked to Covid-19 recorded across Derbyshire in the past 24 hours, according to data released by NHS England today (December 19).
In the same time period, another 237 cases of coronavirus have been reported.
The Government said a further 534 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 67,075.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 82,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The Government said that, as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 27,052 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,004,219.
In Derby, there has been a rise of 49, bringing the total to 9,045.
Elsewhere, there were increases of 30 in South Derbyshire, 22 in North East Derbyshire and 51 in Amber Valley. Another six fatalities were reported at Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
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Here is the breakdown for each local authority area:
- Amber Valley – 4,128 (increase of 51)
- Bolsover – 2,926 (increase of 25)
- Chesterfield – 3,065 (increase of 26)
- Derby – 9,045 (increase of 49)
- Derbyshire Dales – 1,384 (increase of 11)
- Erewash – 3,268 (increase of 11)
- High Peak – 2,628 (increase of 12)
- North East Derbyshire – 3,219 (increase of 22)
- South Derbyshire – 3,587 (increase of 30)
Locally, the number of Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic is as follows:
- Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – 883 (increase of 6)
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital – 199 ( no change )
- Derbyshire Community Health Services – 25 (no change)
- Derbyshire Healthcare – 2 (no change)
The news comes as Boris Johnson announced a dramatic scaling back of the Government’s “Christmas bubble” plans, saying he did so “with a very heavy heart”.
In Tier 4, people should not mix with anyone outside their own household, although support bubbles will remain in place.
In Tiers 1-3 in England the rules allowing a maximum of three households to mix will be restricted to Christmas Day only.
The Prime Minister said: “I know how much emotion people invest in this time of year, and how important it is, for instance, for grandparents to see their grandchildren, for families to be together.
“So I know how disappointing this will be.
“But we have said throughout this pandemic that we must and we will be guided by the science.
“When the science changes, we must change our response.”