No first-time Covid-19 deaths at Medway, Maidstone or Tonbridge and Malling


New figures show three regions of Kent are not recording any deaths linked to Covid-19 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 21 people in the county died from the virus in the seven days leading up to July 10 – the last week for which full figures are available for deaths occurring in all settings.

Covid-19 deaths recorded across all settings at their lowest since lockdown

This is the lowest total since the lockdown was enforced, and 91% lower than the virus peak, when 241 people lost their lives in a single week in early April.

For the first time, no deaths have been recorded among residents of Medway, Maidstone or Tonbridge and Malling.

It was initially reported that no deaths had occurred at Medway in the week to June 26, but ONS figures have been updated retrospectively to show that one person died during that time.

In the most recent week, five deaths were recorded among residents of Dartford and Folkestone and Hythe – the highest in the county.

Hôpital William Harvey à Ashford
William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

Four of those from Folkestone and Hythe who lost their lives have died in hospital – likely loved one William Harvey in Ashford.

The hospital is run by the East Kent Hospitals Trust, which currently records significantly more Covid-19-related deaths than anywhere else in England.

Transmission in hospital is believed to have been a trust issue, which called for help from national infection control specialists.

Last week he tested all 9,000 of his staff in a five-day flash, with final results yet to be announced.

The trusted bosses say they are working closely with Public Health England and other partners to fully understand the reasons for the recent number of deaths, while also introducing Covid controls at their sites.

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