Four south-east London hospital trusts record NO COVID-deaths for 48hrs

Katherine Johnston (03 June, 2020)

Nearly 70 out of a total of 217 trusts across England recorded the same

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All four of south-east London’s key hospital trusts recorded no COVID-19 deaths for 48-hours over the weekend.

According to the latest NHS England data, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’, Lewisham and Greenwich University Hospital Trust and St George’s University Hospitals Trust all reported no fatalities of confirmed cases on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1.

Although this data is provisional, and could change due to weekend reporting lags, it was a London-wide trend with eleven trusts in the capital – around half – saying there were no Coronavirus fatalities in the same period.

Nearly 70 out of a total of 217 trusts across England recorded the same.

This is the first time King’s has had two days with no COVID-19 deaths.

As the News reported earlier this month, King’s has the highest death toll out of south-east London’s trusts – with 495 patients lost to the virus.

The hospital has also said it is still seeing admissions of very unwell people testing positive with the disease.

It saw the peak on March 31 with 27 deaths on that day alone.

Lewisham and Greenwich has seen a total of 398 deaths. It first recorded two days without COVID-19 fatalities on May 26 and 27 – down from a peak of 20 deaths on April 8.

St George’s says its death toll stands at 291. It also achieved a seven-day stretch without deaths from May 21 to May 27.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has not recorded more than one death from COVID-19 on any given date since May 13. It had five days in a row with no deaths from May 16.

The government’s official UK-wide death toll stood at 39,360 as of Wednesday morning, but this is believed to be far higher based on Office for National Statistics data – showing a figure pushing closer to 47,000.

On Tuesday, 324 further deaths across the country were recorded.

Southwark remains the fourteenth most affected local authority in England, with 1,272 lab-confirmed cases.  But with limited testing in place the true number is likely to be far higher.

The majority of worst affected places are now in the north and midlands.

In London, only Croydon, Brent, Barnet and Bromley have recorded more confirmed COVID-19 cases than Southwark.

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