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27 deaths from coronavirus recorded in Bucks

One more person passed away over the weekend in one of our hospitals.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:52am 14th April 2020. (Updated at 8:59am 14th April 2020) 4-minute read.

27 deaths from coronavirus recorded in Bucks

Another coronavirus death has been recorded at the Buckinghamshire Trust over the weekend, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 27 people had died in hospital at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as of 5pm on Sunday (April 12).

That was an increase of one compared to Friday, when there were 26.

Over the weekend, police were dealing with those ignoring social-distancing rules:

They were among 1,086 deaths recorded across the South East.

Of the 24 trusts across the South East, the Buckinghamshire Healthcare trust has the 16th highest death toll.

We heard yesterday that 478 cases have been confirmed here.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital
27 patients have now died from COVID-19 at our hospitals in Buckinghamshire

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the last 24 hours may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: "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."

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.

Across England, the death toll hit 10,261 on Sunday, up from 8,937.

Separate figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show 88,621 people had tested positive for Covid-19 across the UK as of 9am on Sunday, up from 84,279 on Friday.

Elderly lady
There are concerns for the elderly this morning

Organisations supporting the elderly said they were hearing "shocking examples" of blanket decisions seemingly being made about the care and treatment of older people.

A joint statement from a coalition of organisations said older people were being pressured into signing "Do Not Attempt CPR" forms, with many of those who have been affected left feeling as if "their lives and wishes do not matter".

The nine signatories include Caroline Abrahams, director of Age UK, Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Independent Age, Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, and the Commissioners for Older People in Wales and Northern Ireland.

They said:

"Difficult and painful decisions will need to be made in the weeks ahead, but these must be made on a case-by-case basis, taking account of the risks and benefits, and people's own wishes, through honest discussions between patients, doctors and families.

"Whether or not to sign a 'do not attempt CPR' form is an individual's decision, and they have a right to make that decision without feeling pressurised.

"We do not underestimate the significant pressures being faced by all staff working across our health and social care sectors at this difficult time, but it is crucial that we continue to protect people's fundamental human rights.

"It would be completely unacceptable to abandon these rights in favour of taking blanket, discriminatory decisions."

They are calling for stronger leadership across the UK to avoid "further worry and upset" during the coming months.

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