No Covid-19 related deaths at Wigan’s hospital trust for fourth day, NHS figures indicate

The latest daily update from the NHS shows that in the 24 hours leading up to 5pm on Sunday June 21, there were no deaths at WWL (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh) NHS Foundation Trust in which Covid-19 was recorded as either a direct cause of death or a contributing factor alongside underlying health conditions.

The data suggests that one person has died in the past seven days. However, it can take several days for some deaths to be registered on the NHS database.

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But as most people feeling ill are advised to self-isolate and not seek medical attention unless their condition deteriorates, it is assumed that the real infection rate is far higher.

The number of Covid-19 related deaths at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in the previous seven days is:

June 21 (before 5pm): 0

June 20: 0

June 19: 0

June 18: 0

June 17: 1

June 16: 0

June 15: 0

These figures are updated at 2pm each day and include confirmed cases reported at 5pm the previous day. Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure.

This means that the totals reported at 5pm on each day may not include all deaths that occurred on that day or on recent prior days.

These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes. This approach makes it possible to compile deaths data on a daily basis using up to date figures.

From Tuesday, April 28, NHS England and NHS Improvement started to report the number of patient deaths where there has been no Covid-19 positive test result, but where Covid-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part one or part two of the death certification process.

This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on April 24 and subsequently and is shown separately in the region data table only. When making comparisons over time these figures should not be included.

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