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Coronavirus: Seventeen more deaths recorded at King's Lynn hospital

The total death toll related to coronavirus at King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has now passed 250, following the publication of new data this afternoon.

A further 17 patients are now known to have died after testing positive for the infection, at the hospital, which serves much of Fenland.

That takes the total death toll at the hospital since the start of the pandemic to 257, with 54 of them being recorded this week.

Coronavirus news.
Coronavirus news.

On Wednesday, 37 deaths were added to the data after delays in recording cases were uncovered. Hospital bosses say measures have been put in place to prevent similar problems occurring again.

Of the latest deaths, all but three occurred between New Year's Day and January 5, the last day on which a patient death is currently recorded.

The other three cases added to the figures were on December 14, December 19 and New Year's Eve respectively.

Government data shows that, as of yesterday, there were 193 coronavirus patients being treated at the QEH, with four on ventiliation.

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