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Covid-19 related to 43% of deaths recorded in Peterborough this year

172 people have died with Covid-19 in Peterborough since the start of 2021, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
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Covid-19 related to 43% of deaths recorded in Peterborough this year

The figures released by ONS cover people who have died with Covid-19 who live in the Peterborough Local Authority area, which as of February 26, is 172. 

This is a substantial increase compared to 2020, which from the months March to December saw 150 Covid-19 related deaths within the local authority.

It comes as January saw the highest number of deaths in Peterborough in a single month throughout the pandemic, with 91 deaths recorded from January 2 to 29, and a further 81 deaths recorded from January 30 to February 26. 

ONS has recorded 402 deaths in total for the Peterborough area since January 2021, with 43% of those relating to Covid-19. Of these, the highest figures come from the hospital, with 118 Covid-19 related deaths of the total of 210. 

There have been 40 Covid-19 related deaths in care homes since the start of the year, 11 at home and three in a hospice, though these all equate to less than 50% of the total deaths recorded in each location. 

The data recorded is up to February 26, and the week leading to that showed that 23% of all deaths recorded were Covid-19 related. 

Of the 40 deaths that took place in the days February 20 to February 26, nine people had Covid-19, and six of these deaths were recorded in the hospital.

Week-on-week, the number of deaths recorded in the Peterborough local authority is starting to decrease, with one person dying of Covid-19 at Peterborough City Hospital in the week between March 2 and March 8. 

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive, for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I can confirm that sadly, 676 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths. There have been 214 at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 462 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 106 patients with Coronavirus in our hospitals. 

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