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Coronavirus: Thirty more patient deaths recorded at King's Lynn hospital

Another 30 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it has been confirmed today.

The cases take the total death toll at the Gayton Road site since the pandemic began to 337.

Newly published data from NHS England shows the latest recorded fatalities occurred between January 10 and last Wednesday, January 20.

King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (43674993)
King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (43674993)

All but one of the deaths occurred in the seven days between January 14 and 20.

The figures also show that the total death toll in Norfolk's three main hospitals is close to 1,000. There have been 398 deaths at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, plus a further 261 at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Infection rates in most of Norfolk are now falling. Latest figures for the seven days to January 19 showed 631 cases in West Norfolk, down by 2.3 per cent on the previous week.

But health bosses have warned the public to take more care if they are living with someone who has contracted the virus.

Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk County Council's director of public health, said 35 per cent of current cases are linked to where patients live, be that in a private home or a care home.

She said: "“It’s very easy to be wary of strangers but then drop your guard when someone you live with shows Covid symptoms.

“There are simple precautions everyone can follow, to keep yourself safe in these circumstances.”

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