THE number of deaths from Covid-19 in the Winchester district has been marked down by one.

Until today it had been 83 since the start of the pandemic in the area covered by the city council. But the figure stated today is 82. There was no further detail as to the reason.

Four more deaths have been reported across the Hampshire County Council area which includes Winchester. It now stands at 781 since March.

A death has also been reported at Southern Health NHS Trust. No detail was given as to the place.

The daily figures for the Winchester district today is 35 new cases, bringing the total to 1,353, an infection rate of 1,083.6 per 100,000 people since the start of the crisis in the spring.

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‘Winchester district’ comprises more than the city and is the city council area which stretches from Micheldever in the north to Southwick in the south, from Sparsholt in the west to Bramdean in the east.

Data shows that the infection rate in the Winchester district in the seven days to November 6 is 147.4 people in every 100,000, down slightly. It is the fifth highest in Hampshire after Portsmouth, Southampton, Havant and Eastleigh.

Today there were 292 cases reported in the Hampshire County Council areas bringing the total to 13,255, an infection rate since March of 958.7 per 100,000 people.

The number of deaths in the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation hospitals, which includes the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, has remained at 179.

For the other local trusts: Portsmouth, 250, up one; Solent, 2, same; Southern Health, 18, up one, the first increase since at least September; Southampton, 219, same.

Deaths in local authority areas are Winchester: 82; Portsmouth: 84; Southampton: 131 and Hampshire 781 (including Winchester), up four.

Sometimes the reporting of deaths in hospitals is not in synch with the reporting for council areas and vice versa.

Nationally, 22,950 new cases were reported today, up on the 20,412 yesterday. This brings the total to 1,256,725. Some 668 people have died in county hospitals.

Today in the UK, 595 people who had tested positive for the virus within the last 28 days, have died, the highest figure for months.

The numbers of Covid sufferers being admitted to hospital has dropped slightly. There were 137 taken in on Sunday down from 150 in hospitals across the south-east region on Saturday. Today there are 875 patients in south-east hospitals, up from 849 on Monday. Fifty-two are on ventilators, down one on Monday.

The latest available figure for the Royal Hampshire County Hospital had risen from 50 last week to 63 today.

This afternoon the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: "There are currently 63 patients being cared for in Royal Hampshire County Hospital who have tested positive for Coronavirus. The overall number of patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 in our hospitals is 100.
"Whilst our staff absences are slightly higher than normal - either through illness or isolating - thanks to the efforts of our amazing staff, we are continuing to care for all of the patients who need our help both with and without COVID and our services are running in a safe and secure way.
“It remains really important that everyone continues to follow the guidelines, wear a mask, wash their hands and maintain a safe distance.”

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