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Fall in weekly hospital Covid deaths as data suggests vaccine is reducing admissions

Since February 14, a further 15 Covid-related deaths have been recorded at Peterborough City Hospital.
Peterborough city hospital
Peterborough City Hospital has announced 15 further deaths, but national data suggests the vaccine rollout is reducing admissions (Photo: John Baker)

In the week from February 7 to February 14, there were 27 deaths announced at Peterborough City Hospital.

At Hinchingbrooke Hospital, there have been 9 more deaths recorded over the last week.

In a statement released on Sunday, February 21, Caroline Walker, chief executive for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I can confirm that sadly, 659 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths. There have been 202 at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 457 at Peterborough City Hospital. 

"All patients were aged 30 to 98 years old and the majority of those had pre-existing health conditions. 

"We are currently caring for 155 patients with coronavirus in our hospitals. 

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients' families and loved ones at this difficult time."

This morning, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News that the Prime Minister would unveil data on the effect of coronavirus jabs on hospital admissions and deaths when announcing the road map.

"Suffice to say the evidence looks good," he said.

"The Oxford team demonstrated their own evidence of cutting transmission by two thirds.

"We wouldn’t be in this place this morning to be able to say that we’re going to reopen schools on March 8, and of course, as the school holidays begin on March 29, we will look at the rule of six and two families being (able) to see each other outdoors, if we’re not confident that actually the vaccine programme is beginning to really bear fruit."