Reading: First Covid-19 death in almost two weeks recorded at Royal Berkshire Trust

THE first coronavirus death in almost two weeks has been recorded at the Royal Berkshire Trust, latest figures show.

NHS England statistics show that 188 people had died in hospital at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm yesterday (August 4).

That was an increase of one compared to the 187 that had been recorded at the same point on Monday, and the first death in 12 days.

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The victims were among 3,530 deaths recorded across the South East.

Of 25 trusts within the region, Royal Berkshire trust has the eighth-highest death toll.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the last 24 hours may actually have taken place days earlier.

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NHS England guidance states: “Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure.”

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.

Reading Chronicle