THERE have been no cases of coronavirus in Thurrock confirmed in the last hours, meaning the total remains the same at 269.
This is first time in many weeks that there have been no added cases.
There have sadly been three patients confirmed to have died from coronavirus-related causes at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.
This brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths at the hospitals to 231.
Exact recovery figures are yet to be made official by the government.
Please let me make it clear that even one death is of course a tragic loss and my condolences go out to anyone who has lost a loved one and thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the coronavirus.
It is important for us at YT to look at the statistics to try and paint an overall picture.
Between the April 9th – 15, six out of seven daily rises in coronavirus-related patient deaths were in double figures – 11, 11, 8, 14, 11, 10, 10 – with April 12th being the worst – with 14 deaths.
Following April 15th, there have not been any daily rises in deaths in double figures.
Following April 15th, there have only been three instances where the daily rise has been above six.
While it important to not get carried away when looking at daily statistics and jump to conclusions, it is clear that at this stage, the number of coronavirus-related deaths at the trust is lowering at least when compared to earlier in the month – from April 9th until April 15th.
Crucially, as of today (29 April, the government have started to include coronavirus-related deaths at care homes in the daily statistics.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is recorded as 165,221 as today, an increase of 4,076, while the total number of deaths is now officially recorded as 26,097.
However, unfortunately there is still doubt as to whether this reflects the full situation regarding Covid-19.
As reported by the BBC today (29 April), these updated daily figures do not provide a comprehensive picture of what has happened so far because of the lack of testing in the community in the early days.
Therefore, it means the figures are an underestimate of what has been happening.
As more testing is rolled out, the daily figures from now on will provide a more accurate picture of what is happening than has been the case previously.
YourThurrock’s thoughts are with all of those affected by the coronavirus.