Coronavirus-related deaths in Derbyshire have soared again on a grim weekend for the county’s hospitals.
Thirteen more Covid deaths have been reported today, Sunday, December 13 in the latest daily figures from officials – after nine deaths were reported on Saturday.
Twelve of the 13 latest fatalities were at Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, while the other death was recorded at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The latest rise takes the overall death toll in hospitals here since the pandemic began to 1,065.
The new data shows there have also been 279 new Covid-19 cases in our area reported today.
Derby saw the biggest rise with 85 new cases, and continues to be the place where the most cases in the county have been recorded.
The second biggest increase was in South Derbyshire, where 55 new cases were registered.
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Here is the breakdown for each local authority area:
- Amber Valley – 3,879 (increase of 32)
- Bolsover – 2,791 (increase of 44)
- Chesterfield – 2,925 (increase of 19)
- Derby – 8,584 (increase of 85)
- Derbyshire Dales – 1,330 (increase of 6)
- Erewash – 3,150 (increase of 18)
- High Peak – 2,556 (increase of 8)
- North East Derbyshire – 3,078 (increase of 12)
- South Derbyshire – 3,408 (increase of 55)
Locally, the number of Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic is as follows:
- Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – 842 ( increase of 12 )
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital – 196 (increase of one)
- Derbyshire Community Health Services – 25 (no change)
- Derbyshire Healthcare – 2 (no change)
The news comes after it emerged that a further 144 people had died across the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday.
In addition, there have been a further 18,447 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the UK.
Separate figures 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 80,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
Meanwhile, the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have spoken today about the impact it will have.
Sarah Gilbert, lead researcher on the Oxford Vaccine Development Programme, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show it had shown “strong protection” against severe disease.
“We do have some information about the ability to prevent asymptomatic infection with our vaccine, and that’s going to be really important in preventing transmission,” Prof Gilbert said.
“So we know that from 21 days after the first vaccination, nobody who received the vaccine was admitted to hospital or had severe Covid disease.
“So we’re seeing very strong protection against the severe disease, people going to hospital, and that’s the kind of thing that will protect health services.
“But of course we want to protect mild disease and have an effect on transmission and preventing asymptomatic infection is part of that.”
She added: “But really what we need to do is have a lot of people vaccinated with the vaccines, so that we really interrupt the ability of the virus to move between people, and that’s when we’ll start to see transmission tail off completely.”