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Coronavirus: Death confirmed at King’s Lynn hospital one year on from first fatality

todayMarch 17, 2021 10

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Another coronavirus-related death has been confirmed at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital today – exactly one year on from the first fatality of the pandemic there.

A total of 472 patients are now known to have died with Covid-19 at the Gayton Road site.

And there has also been a rise in overall case numbers in the borough, according to new figures released late this afternoon.

King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (44852324)
King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (44852324)

Updated data from NHS England shows the most recent fatality at the QEH occurred last Wednesday, March 10.

The first was on March 17, 2020, six days before the country went into its first national lockdown.

There are now just 13 patients being treated for Covid-19 at the hospital, compared with a peak of more than 200 during the latest wave of the pandemic in January.

But new data shows a rise in week-on-week case numbers in West Norfolk for the first time since early January.

Latest figures for the week ending last Friday, March 12, show there were 98 confirmed cases in the borough, up by 15 on the previous week.

The area’s rolling infection rate now stands at 64.7 cases per 100,000 people, compared with 51.5 cases per 100,000 for the week ending March 6.

However, cases are still down by more than 85 per cent on the levels recorded shortly after the imposition of the latest lockdown.

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