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One more COVID-19 death as infection rates and inpatient numbers continue to fall

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WHILE one more COVID-19 related death has sadly been reported at Warrington Hospital, infection rates are continuing to fall in the town with 291 new cases confirmed.

The 291 (331) new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency in the latest daily data, taking the total number of cases in Warrington since the start of the pandemic to 57,539 (57,248).

Infection rates over a seven-day period have fallen to 2,139 (2,271) – 1,021.5 (1,084.5) per 100,000 population but are still above the national average of 941.3 (985.5) per 100,000, which have fallen again over a seven day period.

While one more patient has sadly died, inpatient numbers of fallen again from 71-67, while another three patients have been discharged since yesterday.

The latest data comes as work from home guidance, COVID passports and mandatory wearing of face-masks are being scrapped in England, as Boris Johnson announced the lifting of Plan B measures.
People will no longer be told to work from home “from now on”, and from Thursday next week mandatory mask-wearing and COVID certification will end.
He also confirmed the intention to end self-isolation rules for people with coronavirus in the coming weeks. The legal requirement would lapse when the regulations expire on 24 March, he said, and that date could be brought forward.
The PM told the Commons cases were falling and the Omicron wave had likely peaked nationally, meaning rules could now be eased.
Mr Johnson said it was time to “trust the judgement” of the public on the use of masks in enclosed and crowded places, and they will be scrapped in classrooms from tomorrow.

Warrington & Halton Hospitals figures Monday-Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.
Current inpatients as of Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (confirmed positive result – 14 days or less from first positive sample) – 67 (71) including 3 (3) in ICU.
Cumulative discharges (discharges of positive patients [excluding deaths]– 2897 (2894)
Cumulative deaths (deaths of positive inpatients) – current figure 602 (601)
*Hospital deaths include residents from Warrington and Halton. Total deaths of Warrington residents can be seen below.
The total number of deaths in Warrington within 28 days of a positive test reported by Public Health England is currently 551 (551) 263.1 per 100,000 population compared to the national rate of 227.9
The total number of deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate in Warrington reported by Public Health England in all settings is 627 (627) 298.5.

*Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths reported on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – 359 (438), taking the total number of deaths to 152,872 (152,513).
The daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases was 108,069 (94,432), taking the total number to 15,506,750 (15,399,300).
Across the country, there are 18,979 (19,450) patients currently in hospital and 703 (713) on ventilation.
Total number of 1st dose vaccinations: 52,151,643 (52,133,611) and second dose 48,019,069 (47,989,635) Booster or third vaccination total 36,621,671 (36,546,583).
To find out more about COVID-19 testing, and to book a test if you have symptoms, visit http://warrington.gov.uk/get-tested-coronavirus
For the latest COVID-19 guidance for Warrington visit https://www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus-latest-guidance

DATA ISSUE
Delay to update of deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate
Because of a processing issue, deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate have not been updated for all areas. They will be updated in the next release.

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