More than 300 Covid-19 victims died in Northamptonshire during April

Another grim landmark in county's battle against deadly coronavirus bug

By Kevin Nicholls
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 7:16 am

The tragic number of Northamptonshire's Covid-19 victims topped 300 in April.

Public Health England allow a five-day lag for reporting new deaths in NHS hospitals. So today is the first day they would not expect any more fatalities before May 1 to be added to the 302 already revealed.

Northampton General Hospital recorded 145 patients dying after testing positive for Covid-19 during the first full month of the pandemic. A further 98 died at Kettering General Hospital.

Staff at Northampton General Hospital saw 145 covid-19 patients die during April. Photo: Getty Images

The effects of the deadly virus peaked in Northamptonshire in mid-April when 64 people died in a five-day period at the two hospitals, between April 14 and 18.

In addition, the Office for National Statistics revealed the deaths of at least 60 residents in county care homes have been linked to coronavirus.

In March, 28 people died in Northamptonshire's two main hospitals.

Today's latest numbers confirmed six more victims in Northampton on May 3 and May 4 plus another two in Kettering between May 3 and May 5.

That takes the grim total to 296 in the county's two acute hospitals since the first victims on March 16.

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust medical director Matthew Metcalfe said: “Sadly we can confirm that a further six patients who had been tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

"Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time".

These latest NHS figures included deaths reported by 5pm yesterday.

There have now been a total of 1,072 positive tests in Northamptonshire since the outbreak started more than two months ago. The figure revealed just four four fresh cases when data was collated at 9am yesterday (Wednesday May 7).

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