Another 41 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus at Leicester’s hospitals.
The fatalities, announced today, include a person in their 30s. The oldest of the 41 was in their 90s.
Today’s confirmation means that 649 patients have now died on city hospital wards after a Covid diagnosis.
This is the third week in which around 40 deaths have been newly announced.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS, the trust that runs Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital, said: “Sadly, we can confirm that 649 patients being cared for at our hospitals, and who had tested positive for Covid-19, have died.
“Forty-one of those deaths have been announced since last Wednesday.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the patients at this very difficult and distressing time.”
The youngest person to die with Covid at the city’s hospitals so far was in their 20s. That death occurred earlier in the pandemic.
A patient in their 100s is the oldest to have died with the virus while being treated on a city hospital ward.
Last week, 39 deaths were confirmed by the trust. The previous week saw more than 40 deaths added to the toll.
While this week’s announcement covers the period from Wednesday, December 2, until today, reporting delays mean some of those deaths could have occurred before last Wednesday.
Nationally, another 426 hospital deaths were recorded today.
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The number of Covid patients being treated by the trust is starting to slowly drop.
The news comes after acting UHL chief executive Rebecca Brown said last week said that medics were starting to see the impact of the second national lockdown.
At the height of the first wave, Covid patient numbers peaked at 205. During the past couple of weeks they have gone as high as 270.
“We are beginning to see numbers drop slightly,” Mrs Brown told board members in an update. “We are starting to see us coming out of this wave, predominantly down to lockdown.”