The HHS University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates the Royal Hull Hospital and Castle Hill Hospital, confirmed on Saturday that the total number of deaths is now 41, an increase of three in the past 24 hours.
Details on the age of the victims, or their underlying medical condition, have not been released.
Positive cases for the fatal Hull disease rose to 225 on Saturday from 201 and 300 in the east Yorkshire constituency to 312 – a total increase of 36 confirmed cases in our area.
Another death was announced on Friday when the official death toll in East Yorkshire was 38, three less than Saturday’s figure.
But the Hull University Teaching Hospitals Trust has pointed out that the jump in deaths does not represent a sudden increase overnight, but rather that these are cases that have been confirmed following post-mortem examinations in patients who may be died up to two weeks ago.
A spokesperson for the trust said, “Unfortunately, we can confirm that since March 19, 41 patients have died at the NHS Trust at Hull University Teaching Hospitals after a positive test for COVID-19.
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“The figure now includes some patients who were suspected of having COVID-19 before their death. Post-mortem results now confirm the presence of the virus and the deaths of these patients have been reported to the NHS England as part of the death notification process for COVID-19.
“Please note that this does not represent an overnight or sudden increase in deaths at Hull Royal Infirmary or Castle Hill Hospital as some of these patients may have died more than two weeks ago.
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“The families of all the patients have been informed and our sincere sympathies are with them during this very difficult period.
“We will continue to report new deaths of patients who test positive for COVID-19, but we will only release more information about these patients at the request of their families.”