Seven more coronavirus deaths recorded at Derbyshire hospitals

Another seven people across Derbyshire have died after testing positive for Covid-19, according to NHS England figures released today (December 4).

In the past 24 hours, 153 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded across the wider county.

Nationwide, the death toll now stands at 60,617 and 1,690,432 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

This represents an increase of 504 and 16,298 respectively.

In Derby, there have been a further 56 cases recorded, bringing the total to 7,988.

Elsewhere, there were rises of 37 in Amber Valley, 24 in Erewash and 22 in Bolsover.

Six of the new fatalities were recorded at Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, with a single new death at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

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Here is the breakdown for each local authority area:

  • Amber Valley – 3,596 (increase of 37)
  • Bolsover – 2,566 (increase of 22)
  • Chesterfield – 2,746 (increase of 17)
  • Derby – 7,988 (increase of 56)
  • Derbyshire Dales – 1,261 (increase of 3)
  • Erewash – 2,976 (increase of 24)
  • High Peak – 2,402 (increase of 18)
  • North East Derbyshire – 2,925 (increase of 14)
  • South Derbyshire – 3,052 (increase of 18)

Locally, the number of Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic is as follows:

  • Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – 794 (increase of six)
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital – 187 (increase of one)
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services – 24 (no change)
  • Derbyshire Healthcare – 2 (no change)

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 76,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said today “some” of the 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are now in the UK, adding that he is “confident” that all of them will be available when the vaccination programme starts.

Asked if the batch of 800,000 doses are now in the UK, he told BBC Breakfast: “Well, some are in the UK, but as we said the programme will start next week, and I think I’m confident that we will have all of those available from the start of the programme.

“People should feel confident about this vaccine. The MHRA is regarded as the gold standard of regulators around the world by scientists.”

Mr Sharma said people should feel “entirely confident” that the vaccine is safe.

“If it wasn’t it wouldn’t have been approved and wouldn’t have got the clearance from the MHRA,” he said, adding the MHRA have been “absolutely meticulous” in the process.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News