Nine coronavirus patients have died in a week at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

The number of deaths have been falling in recent weeks as figures show the effects of lockdown and vaccinations.

Between February 8 – 14, nine patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died while in the trust’s care.

The week before 13 patients were reported to have died, and from January 25 – 31, 28 patients died at the trust.

The trust (PAHT), which runs Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, St Margaret’s Hospital and Essex Hospital, has reported 509 total Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

As of February 9 (the latest available data), there were 92 hospital beds occupied at PAHT by coronavirus patients.

At the end of January that figure was closer to 150 and has fallen by more than 100 per cent since January 5 when 210 beds were occupied.

Across the whole of Essex 800 hospital trust beds are occupied with Covid patients. At the peak of the second wave in early January there were more than 1,400 beds occupied.

As of February 11, a total of 1,339,469 people in the East of England have received their first vaccination jab, 327,557 of whom were aged 80 or over. A total of 46,082 aged over 80 had been given two jabs.

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