Health officials are warning the public to be extra vigilant in Northamptonshire as the county announced 12 further coronavirus deaths in one day.

It was more than a third of the total deaths on Wednesday in the entire Anglia region, where it was announced that 31 hospital patients had died.

That was the highest daily figure since Friday when 34 patient deaths were announced in the region.

In Northamptonshire, there were 35 deaths in the week ending 31st May which is three more than the previous week. The number of deaths is in decline in other parts of the region and across the country.

Local health officials say it is not known why the pattern of infection is different in Northamptonshire but are urging the public to comply with lockdown rules and social distancing measures.

Northampton General Hospital has recorded 246 patients dying with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Unfortunately we are not seeing the fall in cases that other areas are experiencing – indeed there is evidence of static case numbers in the community and an increase in some areas of COVID-19 cases being admitted to hospital.

Dr Joanne Watt, Northamptonshire GP

The number of deaths in hospitals in Northamptonshire is not following the same downward trend seen elsewhere in the UK on in the rest of the Anglia region.

At Northampton General Hospital there have been 246 patients deaths with three of those announced today. Kettering General reported a further eight patients had died taking the total there to 188.

While there is a steady decline in the graph for the region, it is a much prolonged and flatter curve in Northamptonshire.

The graph shows the daily number of patients dying in all hospitals in Northamptonshire. Credit: Data from NHS England
The number of patients dying in all hospitals in the Anglia region is showing a steady downward trend. Credit: Data from NHS England

“Just because more people can now meet up in gardens and parks it doesn’t mean that you have to. "We all have a part to play in managing the spread of COVID-19. "We can all help to reduce the number of cases we are seeing by taking responsibility to properly follow the guidance. Which, in the long run will help to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.

Cllr Ian Morris, Northamptonshire County Council

With a further 31 deaths announced in the Anglia region on Wednesday, the total number of patients dying with coronavirus is now 3,737.

The total death toll including care homes, hospices and people dying in the community is now more than 5,200.

Total number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 at hospitals in the Anglia region

Figures from NHS England to 5pm on Tuesday 2 June 2020 released on Wednesday

  • 351 - West Hertfordshire NHS Trust including Watford General (up 1 since yesterday)

  • 335 - East Suffolk & North Essex (up 2) which includes hospitals in Aldeburgh, Colchester, Felixstowe and Ipswich

  • 276 - Basildon Hospital (up 1)

  • 257 - Luton & Dunstable Hospital (unchanged)

  • 246 - Northampton General Hospital (up 3)

  • 218 - NW Anglia, Peterborough & Hinchingbrooke (up 2)

  • 209 - Southend Hospital (up 2)

  • 201 - Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow (unchanged)

  • 191 - Mid Essex, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford (up 1)

  • 188 - Kettering General Hospital (up 8)

  • 174 - Bedford Hospital (unchanged)

  • 157 - East & North Herts including the Lister Hospital, Stevenage (unchanged)

  • 143 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn (unchanged)

  • 122 - Norfolk & Norwich Hospital (unchanged)

  • 121 - Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (up 3)

  • 114 - James Paget Hospital, Gorleston (up 2)

  • 102 - Milton Keynes Hospital (unchanged)

The map shows the number of people with coronavirus who have died in each county in the Anglia region. Credit: Data from Office of National Statistics, the NHS and the Care Quality Commission.
  • 73 - West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds (up 3)

  • 24 - Norfolk Community Health (unchanged)

  • 23 - Fryatt Hospital, Harwich (unchanged)

  • 21 - Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (unchanged)

  • 17 - Essex Partnership NHS Trust (unchanged)

  • 10 - Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust (unchanged)

  • 8 - Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (unchanged)

  • 8 - Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust (up 1)

  • 6 - Braintree Community Hospital (unchanged)

  • 4 - Clacton Hospital (unchanged)

  • 3 - Beccles Hospital (unchanged)

  • 2 - Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Trust (unchanged)

  • 2 - St Peter's Hospital, Maldon (unchanged)

  • 1 - Halstead Hospital (unchanged)

  • 1 - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Trust (unchanged)

  • 129 - Deaths in hospitals in the East of England attributed to Covid-19 on the death certificate without a positive test (an increase of 2 since yesterday)