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Peterborough hospital records first Covid deaths since April as cases double

Two further Covid-19 deaths have been recorded at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) hospitals, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 700.
Peterborough city hospital
A sad milestone has been reached at NWAFT hospitals, with 700 coronavirus deaths recorded (Photo: John Baker)

These are the first recorded Covid-19 deaths at either Peterborough City or Hinchingbrooke hospitals since the end of April. 

On July 20, Caroline Walker, chief executive for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I can confirm that sadly, 700 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths.  

“There have been 225 at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 475 at Peterborough City Hospital.  

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

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

The news comes as leaders of public sector organisations plead for collective caution in Peterborough, with cases of the virus rising sharply. 

The number of cases in Peterborough has more than doubled over the past week, with 629 positive tests returned. This means the current case rate is 311.0 per 100,000, up from 152.8 in the week to July 10. 

Jyoti Atri, director of public health for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “We are at such a critical point in the pandemic, with the number of infections rising every day and people now able to make their own decisions on what they do to keep themselves and others safe. 

“I can understand why people are keen to resume their normal activities, but there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and others, whilst going back to doing the things that we enjoy.  

“For example, we can choose to meet people outdoors, especially whilst the weather is so good and wear masks in indoor spaces. This is important even if you have had both doses of the vaccine as there is still a chance you can carry and pass on the virus. 

“If we don’t, we risk more people becoming very ill or dying and public services and many other businesses across the county being impacted.”