Hospitals in West Hertfordshire recorded more deaths than anywhere else in the country today (January 26) as the NHS continues to feel the strain of the second wave of Covid-19.
According to new figures from NHS England, hospitals under the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust recorded 60 more deaths in the last 24-hour period when compared to yesterday’s figures.
The trust includes Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead Hospital.
The earliest death recorded was from December 20, with the other 59 deaths occurring throughout January. Not all 60 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.
That means the death toll this month has jumped sharply, after last week it was reported that 74 people had died in West Hertfordshire hospitals during the first few weeks of 2021.
Following today’s update, this month’s total is now at least 133.
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In total, the number of deaths in West Hertfordshire hospitals is now 724.
The data shows that 18.3 per cent – almost a fifth – of all Covid-19 deaths at the trust’s hospitals during the pandemic happened in January.
Within the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust deaths rose by four from 354 to 358.
According to Public Health England data as of January 24, 1,838 people in Hertfordshire have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 result.
While cases are continuing to fall as a result of lockdown measures there are concerns that deaths will remain at a worryingly high level for days to come.
The UK is likely to exceed 100,000 deaths within the next few days, and while some estimates have already projected more than that, official data shows that 98,531 people have sadly died after testing positive for the virus.