Covid-19: Cases rise by four in Thurrock, daily statistics to begin to include care home deaths

FOUR cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Thurrock in the last 24 hours, according to the latest figures from NHS England (28 April).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Thurrock up to 269.

At Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, which has the worst-hit hospital from coronavirus in Essex, one person in 24 hours was confirmed to have sadly died with coronavirus.

This brings the total up to 228.

YourThurrock on Monday published an article looking into further depth at the daily statistics coming from the hospital trust in order to try and give readers an accurate overall picture.

It is sometimes very easy to overreact to spikes in numbers (good or bad) and to jump to conclusions.

Please find that article at the following website address:

www.yourthurrock.com/2020/04/27/covid-19-five-patient-confirmed-sadly-died-basildon-thurrock-university-hospitals-trust-24-hours/

Official statistics of recovery rates at hospitals are yet to be revealed.

Up until this point in our reporting of statistics, we have not been able to give official statistics regarding coronavirus-related deaths at care homes.

Official government statistics have only take into account coronavirus-related hospital deaths.

However, yesterday (28 April), as reported widely, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced statistics Covid-19 deaths in care homes will be announced daily from today (29 April).

Care Quality Commission (CQC) released data yesterday (28 April) showing that in a two-week period (April 10-24), there had been 79 coronavirus-related deaths across the care homes in Essex.

CQC explained there “may be an underestimate due to notification delays.”

That simply means that deaths are usually notified within two to three days of the death, including low levels of reporting at the weekend, and high levels on the first day of the working week.

There have also been calls from care homes that a lack of testing means that a number of deaths cannot be confirmed as Covid-19-related.

Our thoughts at YourThurrock are with those affected by the coronavirus.

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