A grim meaningful development as coronavirus deaths reach 500 in northern Lincolnsh…

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed its 500 th victim in northern Lincolnshire hospitals.

An average of one person with the virus has died every days in the 18 months since the pandemic began.

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals, releases daily figures on Covid casualties.

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The latest deaths on Monday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 29, which were announced today, have taken the overall death toll to 501.

These figures doesn’t include those which have happened in care homes or private homes.

The first Covid-related death in northern Lincolnshire’s hospitals occurred on March 25, 2020.

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A year and a half on, hospitals are nevertheless fighting a daily battle with the pandemic.

Some months have passed by without any deaths, but hospitals have faced a huge surge of Covid patients in the winter months and other outbreaks.

Up to seven deaths were reported in a single day at the peak of the crisis in November.

Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals have faced huge numbers of Covid patients during the pandemic.

At the worst point, Diana, Princess of the Wales Hospital had 84 patients with up to six in intensive care at once.

Hospitals have struggled to cope with the number of Covid patients

Numbers have fluctuated since the second wave.

There was a rise starting in July which reached 36 patients in Grimsby, although numbers have fallen once again.

At the present, there are 16 patients at Grimsby with two in ICU and 14 at Scunthorpe with one in ICU.

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Staff absences due Covid-19 (including testing positive or being told to self-isolate) have also proved a challenge for the trust.

In July, 236 NlaG staff were absent at once due to the pandemic.

This fell to around 70 at the end of August.

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