Coronavirus: Latest weekly figures show 29 West Norfolk deaths as current year figure closes on 2020 total
New figures suggest the coronavirus death toll in West Norfolk so far this year is already at nearly 80 per cent of the total for the whole of 2020.
The grim picture is provided by figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which has today published its latest weekly update on the pandemic.
But public health data suggests that the overall infection rate is now at its lowest level since early December.
Latest figures for the week ending February 12 showed there were 29 coronavirus-related deaths across all settings in West Norfolk.
That is one more than the revised total for the previous week, but down from the peak of 38 recorded during the last full week of January.
According to the ONS, there have been 174 Covid-related deaths across all settings in West Norfolk so far this year. There were 223 in the whole of 2020.
Most of the deaths recorded so far in 2021 have been in hospital, though 34 have occurred in care homes.
The latest daily update from NHS England, released this afternoon, showed the number of Covid-related deaths at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital remains unchanged at 450.
And infection rates are continuing to fall with the most up to date figures for the seven days to February 18 showing 156 confirmed cases in the borough, down by 37.3 per cent on the previous week.
The area’s rolling infection rate now stands at 103 cases per 100,000 people, the lowest that it has been since December 3.