Eight-year-old among 420 more Covid deaths recorded in hospitals

An eight year old child is amongst the 420 coronavirus deaths in England’s hospitals recorded on New Year’s Day.

The latest announcement brings the total number of deaths in England’s hospitals to 50,668.

Of that number, 12 more deaths have been recorded in hospitals in Hertfordshire.

Nine of those deaths were recorded within the West Hertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust, which includes St Albans City, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and Watford General.

Another three deaths were recorded within East and North Hertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust, which includes New QEII in Welwyn Garden City and the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

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The deaths have been added to the toll, with the date of deaths ranging from November 24 to December 31.

Of the 420 deaths patients were aged between eight and 100 years old, and all except 12 (aged 55 to 90) had known underlying health conditions.

246 of the deaths were patients in London, the South East and the East, where coronavirus continues to spread at a worrying rate.

The news comes as hospitals across Hertfordshire began to show signs of reaching capacity under the second wave and additional winter pressures.

In West Herts, almost a fifth of patients admitted to A&E have had to wait for more than an hour in ambulances before being seen.

In East and North Hertfordshire, there were no critical care beds available on Sunday, 27 December amid fears that capacity could soon be reached across the South East.

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead