Greater Manchester coronavirus death toll rises – another 25 lives lost

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Another 25 people died in Greater Manchester hospitals after being tested positive for the coronavirus.

The daily death toll fell for three consecutive days, with 19 on Friday, the second lowest in the region since April 5.

Saturday’s number has increased slightly, but still has far fewer deaths than in recent weeks.

The total number of coronavirus deaths in hospitals in our region now stands at 1,351.

Many more are believed to have died in nursing homes and in their own homes across the region.

The Care Quality Commission said that between April 10 and 24, 277 people in nursing homes in Greater Manchester died from the virus.

On Wednesday, the government began including deaths in nursing homes and private addresses in its own daily death toll in the UK.

The largest increase in deaths at COVID-19 hospital in Greater Manchester in the past 24 hours has been recorded at the NHS Foundation Trust at the University of Manchester, where five other lives were lost.

Four other deaths were recorded at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

There were three other deaths at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

The Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has recorded one more death, while the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust have announced two more deaths.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust had no new deaths on Saturday.

Earlier this week, the Manchester Evening News reported how the number of coronavirus deaths in Greater Manchester peaked in mid-April.

The peak occurred eight days after the rest of England, according to the latest data.

Coronavirus deaths in Greater Manchester hospitals, May 2:

  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – 169
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – 9
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – 286
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – 350
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust – 3
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – 146
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust – 105
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – 109
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust – 8
  • NHS Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust – 166

As of Saturday, 182,260 people tested positive for the coronavirus, an increase of 4,806 from the same period yesterday.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in hospitals in England is now 28,131, an increase of 621, although the total number of deaths is likely higher.

The government announced yesterday that it has reached its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of April.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at a daily press conference that a total of 122,347 tests were done on April 30 – more than 22,000 more that the government was targeting.

Attention is currently focused on the “road map” that Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he will announce next week.

The plan to ease the lockdown comes after Johnson announced that the UK had passed the summit and was on the “downward slope”.

However, the Prime Minister said the government would “change” the restrictions only if it was convinced that the R-number, or transmission rate, of the virus remained below one.

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