Number of Northampton hospital's Covid-19 victims set to hit 100 over the weekend

County death toll now 141 with country's top medic warning figures will keep rising

The number of Covid-19 victims at Northampton General Hospital is set to top 100 over the weekend.

Latest official numbers released today (Thursday April 16) revealed frontline NHS staff had seen another 13 coronavirus-related deaths at the Cliftonville site between April 8 and 14.

That takes the total to 86 since the outbreak began, 25 of them over the bank holiday weekend and eight on Easter Sunday with the likelihood more will be added to the grim tally once further reports and tests are processed.

One further death has been reported at Kettering General Hospital making 141 across Northamptonshire since the outbreak began, according to data calculated at 5pm last night (Wednesday April 15).

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned yesterday the number of deaths will continue to rise at an alarming rate.

The Government's Cobra committee meets today and is expected to confirm an extension to the lockdown laws announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23 in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus bug.

At last night's daily Government briefing, Prof Whitty said: "We do think that high numbers of deaths will continue for a short while on from where we are at the moment.

Prof Whitty issued his grim warning at last night's Government briefing

"At the moment we are not yet at the point where we can say confidently and safely this is now past the peak and we can start thinking very much about the next phases."

Nationally, the NHS announced another 861 patients with coronavirus died in hospitals in England in a 24-hour period, taking the UK total to 13,729.

One further death was confirmed by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. which provides physical and mental health services at home, through GP practices, clinics, schools, prisons and in residential and hospital environments.

The trust operates at sites in the county including Berrywood Hospital in Northampton, Danetre at Daventry, St Mary's Hospital at Kettering and Corby Community Hospital but also provides services at prisons in Huntingdon, Bedford, Lichfield, March and Rugby plus at Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre near Bedford.

The latest death was reported today but the location is not being made public.