Latest NHS numbers revealed the number of Covid-19 victims in Northampton General Hospital has risen sharply.
Figures issued in the today's daily bulletin confirmed one more death had been added the number at NGH when latest data was collated at 5pm last night.
That death which occurred on Sunday (June 14) was the 23rd between last Tuesday and Monday of this week.
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It is the highest figure in a comparable seven-day spell since May 4 and the highest among all of England's 219 NHS Trusts over the same period.
A week ago, the equivalent figure was eight with an average of 14 in the last five seven-day periods.
The rise in the number of deaths follows admissions two weeks ago that county doctors were puzzled by numbers of Covid-19 cases here not falling as fast as in the rest of the UK.
GP Dr Joanne Watt admitted: “We are not seeing the fall in cases that other areas are experiencing.
“It’s unclear why we are seeing a different pattern of infection in Northamptonshire when other areas of the UK are starting to see a decrease."
Daily NHS data relates to patients who have died in all 219 NHS Trusts in England and have tested positive for Covid-19. All deaths are recorded against the date of death rather than the day the deaths were announced.
We revealed yesterday that five more Covid-19 victims died in NGH in a single day on both Monday this week and last Tuesday.
Today's announcement takes the total number of victims at NGH to 278 since the coronavirus pandemic began. Another 207 have died at Northamptonshire's other main hospital, Kettering General.
The Office for National Statistics also identified 127 deaths related to coronavirus in the county's care homes up to last Friday (June 12).
That takes the total number of known Covid-19 deaths in the county to 614.
The latest figures for infections in the county rose to 1,634 at 9am yesterday (Wednesday) — up three from the previous day.
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