Covid deaths figure tops 1,000 in Northumberland

More than a thousand people have died from coronavirus in Northumberland, new figures show.
Virus claims over 1,000 in NorthumberlandVirus claims over 1,000 in Northumberland
Virus claims over 1,000 in Northumberland

As the total death toll for the UK passes the grim milestone of 200,000, the Government’s coronavirus dashboard show that this figure includes 1,086 in Northumberland, as of July 13.

This means 335.4 people have died per 100,000 people in the area – higher than the 279.7 average for England as a whole.

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Nationally, deaths surpassed 200,000 on June 25 – although this has only just been confirmed due to the time it takes for deaths to be registered.

Figures for the whole of the North East show there have been 8,814 deaths over the course of the pandemic.

The virus variant Omicron BA.2 has caused a steady rise in infections in recent weeks – with an estimated 3.5 million people being infected in the week ending July 7.

The number of deaths has slowed significantly compared to previous peaks, with vaccines weakening the link between infection and serious illness.

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However, some have warned against complacency in the fight against Covid.

Jo Goodman, co-founder of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign, called the 200,000 deaths “a tragedy” and “yet another damning milestone of the Government’s handling of the pandemic”.

She added: “454 people died within 28 days of a positive test from Covid just last week and yet the Government refuses to take even basic steps to protect people from the virus.

“By making people pay for tests, not enforcing adequate sick pay or taking measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in hospitals, the Government is effectively throwing the most vulnerable in our society to the wolves.”

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A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones.

"We are committed to learning lessons from the pandemic and will be cooperating fully with the Covid-19 public inquiry.

“We are rightly focusing testing on those at higher risk of severe illness and our world-leading Covid vaccination programme has saved countless lives and continues to do so.

"More than four in five of those eligible have received their Spring booster and we urge anyone eligible to get their jab.”