More than 150 now dead as Northamptonshire's Covid-19 death tolls keeps rising
Easter Sunday was deadliest day so far for Northampton hospital staff
The number of Covid-19 victims in Northamptonshire passed another grim milestone with more than 150 now dead in the county
Seven more victims between Easter Sunday and Wednesday (April 15) means frontline staff Northampton General Hospital have now seen 93 patients die since the outbreak began last month.
Four more coronavirus-related deaths recorded at Kettering General Hospital took the official total county-wide to 152 when data was collated at 5pm last night (Thursday April 16),
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But official figures from the Department of Health do not include deaths in care homes, hospices and other places outside the county's two acute hospitals masking the true death toll.
The latest death in Northampton recorded on Easter Sunday is the ninth, making it the deadliest single day in the county so far.
Numbers of fresh infections have slowed in Northamptonshire and across the UK in recent days.
Just 17 new hospitalised cases were recorded in 24 hours in the county up to 9am yesterday, down from 79 over a similar period a week ago. But Britain's top medics have warned the number of deaths will still continue rising for sometime.
The Government yesterday announced a nationwide lockdown will be extended for at least another three weeks to May 7 because any change in orders over staying at home and social distancing measures risks "damage to both public health and our economy”.
Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Boris Johnson while the Prime Minister recovers from Covid-19, admitted Government scientific advisers believe the spread of the deadly bug has slowed but warned the picture was still “mixed and inconsistent.”
Mr Raab said the rate of infection is now “almost certainly below one in the community” meaning those who have the disease are passing it on to fewer than one other person on average.
But he added: “Overall, we still don’t have the infection rate down as far as we need to.”