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

The latest daily update from the NHS shows that in the 24 hours leading up to 5pm on Saturday, July 4, there were no deaths at 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.

Two deaths have been recorded for the trust in the last seven days.

It can take several days for some deaths to be registered on the NHS database and figures are often amended to show deaths on days where none were previously thought to have occurred.

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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.

Earlier this week Wigan Council refuted reports in the Daily Express that Wigan was at risk of being placed into a local lockdown, as was the case in Leicester.

Prof Kate Ardern said the claims were misleading and that Wigan had one of the lowest growth rates in the region.

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

July 4 (before 5pm): 0

June 30: 0

June 29: 1

June 28: 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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