Number of Covid-19 cases heading towards 200 with 14 deaths in Northamptonshire in less than a month

Hospitals rush to free up beds ready for predicted peak in patients during April

By Kevin Nicholls
Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 8:44 am

The official number of known Covid-19 cases in Northamptonshire is set to top 200 today.

Public Health England's latest figures issued yesterday (Wednesday April 1) revealed 187 people have now tested positive — a rise of 17 in the 24-hour period to 9am yesterday — with 14 deaths reported since the outbreak hit the county on March 3.

But experts admit the true number of people who have contracted the virus is much higher since only patients already in hospital are currently being tested.

Nine have died at Northampton General Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19

A peak in the UK epidemic is predicted in the next two or three weeks and NHS planners are rushing to free up hospital beds in Northampton and Kettering ahead of an expected surge in Covid-19 patients.

The county's Strategic Coordination Centre has cleared nearly 400 of the 1,400 beds in the two hospitals in a joint effort between the NHS, local councils and emergency services working alongside voluntary, charity and private sector partners.

Patients who are well enough have been discharged to free up hospital space.

These have either returned home or have transferred to local care homes or into the care of NHS community services.

Kettering General Hospital saw four people die between March 23 and 31

Kettering General Hospital revealed yesterday that four more patients in their care had died between March 23 and March 31 while Northampton General have announced seven deaths in the last three days.

Across the UK, another 563 people died in the 24-hour period before 5pm on Tuesday, bringing the total number nationwide to 2,352

The rise is the UK's biggest day-on-day increase so far. In England there were 486 more deaths — a total of 2,137. The latest Covid-19 patients to die in England were aged between 13 and 99 years old, with 20 of the victims having no known underlying health condition, including the 13-year-old.

A Kettering General Hospital spokesman confirmed the latest four to die were all in their 70s or 80s but neither of the county's two acute hospitals did not release any further details regarding coronavirus-releated deaths.

Nine people have died at Northampton General Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19

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