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124 more people die of coronavirus at Queen’s and King George hospitals

 1,277 people have now died within 28 days of testing positive at the two hospitals (credit: BHRUT)

New data has shown that 124 more people have died of coronavirus at Queen’s and King George hospitals.

Figures for the week up to Wednesday, 20 January show an increase of five more deaths from Covid-19 compared to data from the previous seven days.

The trust which runs both hospitals has revealed that 1,277 people have now died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

During that same period, 3,346 patients recovered from coronavirus and were discharged. 

The data also shows there are 404 in-patients with Covid-19, with 46 of those testing positive for coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.

Around 51 Covid patients are in critical care which now has a total occupancy rate of 87.8 per cent across Queen’s and King George hospitals, excluding the newborn intensive care unit. 

The total staff absence at the two hospitals is 634, with 142 workers testing positive for Covid-19 while another 31 are self-isolating.

A second letter of thanks from chair Mike Bell and chief executive Tony Chambers has also been sent to workers at Queen’s and King George hospitals.

The letter said: “We never imagined when a letter was sent to you last April that we’d be in touch again, nine months later, and Covid-19 would still be dominating and damaging our lives.

“You may have been sick; you will know those who have suffered at the hands of the virus. You may have been bereaved; you will know those whose relatives have died during this pandemic.

“We’re writing to you, once more, to thank you for supporting our colleagues who work at our Trust.

“The rainbows have faded; the weekly applause was put on hold for many months; but at Queen’s and King George Hospitals the caring continued throughout.”

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