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Two more coronavirus deaths in New Forest, latest figures reveal

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The total number of deaths registered in the New Forest now stands at 124 (file photo)
The total number of deaths registered in the New Forest now stands at 124 (file photo)

TWO more Covid-19 deaths were registered in the New Forest, according to the latest weekly update.

The total number of people to have died with the virus in the district since the start of the year rose to 124, new figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed.

The increase continues the drop in the death-rate following the previous week’s increase of six, compared with 13 previously.

The New Forest’s combined Covid-19 death toll still mostly comprises people dying in care homes, which came to 63. The number of deaths in hospitals was 56.

In the BCP Council area, which covers Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole, there have been a total of 174 deaths – up by six on last week.

Most of those were in hospital (84), followed by care homes (81), at home (8) and in a hospice (1).

Both areas’ statistics are for deaths which occurred up to 29th May but were registered up to 6th June.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “Each and every one of these lives lost to this dreadful disease is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to those family and friends in mourning.

“Social care remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, despite the encouraging weekly decline in the number of care home deaths attributable to Covid-19."

He added: “Every council in England has prepared plans on how to support all care homes in their areas to control and prevent future infection outbreaks, working alongside the NHS locally and with Public Health England.

“These plans, alongside greater information sharing with councils on where outbreaks are happening more widely as part of the test and trace programme, will help in our shared national effort to finally defeat this disease.”

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