New Covid patient deaths at Devon hospitals

A further 13 Covid patients have died at Devon’s hospitals, it can be confirmed.

Tuesday Boris Johnson confirmed his view that there is insufficient evidence to justify new measures. 

Jamie Hawkins www.devonlive.com

New data from NHS England confirmed the deaths happened at the RD&E, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Torbay Hospital and the North Devon District Hospital.

The patients have died in these hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus. The recent deaths happened as follows:

  • RD&E – Two new deaths were recorded on December 19
  • Torbay Hospital – Four new deaths: November 18, December 4, and two on December 15
  • North Devon District Hospital – one death on December 18
  • Derriford Hospital – six deaths on November 27, 28, December 18, two on December 19 and one on December 20.

The latest Covid related deaths mean that a total of 353 people have died at the RD&E from the virus, 180 at Torbay Hospital, 132 at North Devon District Hospital and 324 at Derriford Hospital, and 984 across all of Devon’s hospitals.

It comes as people infected with coronavirus can now take two lateral flow tests to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to seven days.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said those infected with the virus can take two lateral flow tests 24 hours apart on day six and seven of their isolation period, which if negative means they can stop quarantining.

The UKHSA said people who leave self-isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and to continue working from home.

This comes after analysis by the UKHSA suggested that a seven-day isolation period alongside two negative lateral flow test results had nearly the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing.

Studies have also demonstrated that lateral flow device (LFD) tests are just as sensitive at detecting the Omicron variant as they are for Delta.

UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harries said anyone with coronavirus symptoms should still get a PCR test as soon as possible.

She said: “Covid-19 is spreading quickly among the population and the pace at which Omicron is transmitting may pose a risk to running our critical public services during winter.

“This new guidance will help break chains of transmission and minimise the impact on lives and livelihoods.

“It is crucial that people carry out their LFD tests as the new guidance states and continue to follow public health advice.”