The official numbers of coronavirus deaths in Northamptonshire's hospitals rose by another ten today.
NHS England revealed eight previously unrecorded deaths among Covid-19 patients at Northampton General Hospital between Saturday and Sunday.
Two more have died at Kettering General Hospital in the last two days.
The sad news broke less than an hour before Health Secretary Matt Hancock was due to make an announcement on the Covid tier system following an acceleration in new positive tests.
Northamptonshire saw its highest daily and weekly totals of positive Covid-19 tests since the pandemic began in March with nearly 400 cases in the 24 hours up to 4pm on Monday and close to 1,800 in the previous seven days.
Both Northampton, Wellingborough and South Northamptonshire all have rolling-rates of nearly 300 positive tests per week per 100,000 people and many expect all our part of the county to be placed into a higher tier with tougher restrictions.
Northamptonshire remained in tier two last week while neighbouring areas Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Bedford were all escalated into Tier Four — just 24 hours after being put into Tier Three following last week's review.
All deaths included in the NHS daily data either tested positive for Covid-19 within the previous 28 days or had the virus mentioned on a death certificate.
Northamptonshire's two main acute trusts have now reported 205 coronavirus deaths during the second wave of the pandemic out of a total of 736.
A further 198 deaths linked to coronavirus have been reported in Northamptonshire care homes.