ANOTHER eight Covid deaths have been announced at Oxfordshire’s hospitals as cases have climbed by more than 400.

The deaths took place at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), which runs the John Radcliffe, the Churchill, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Banbury’s Horton General Hospital.

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One of the deaths took place on Christmas Eve, one on January 5, one on Friday, two on Sunday and three on Monday. It follows six deaths announced at the trust on Monday.

It takes the total official coronavirus death toll at the trust since the start of the pandemic to 292.

According to Public Health England, as of 9am Tuesday, these were the number of new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours:

  • Oxford - 132
  • Oxfordshire - 430
  • UK - 45,533

The total coronavirus cases since the pandemic started:

  • Oxford - 6,641
  • Oxfordshire - 24,016
  • UK - 3,164,051

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

A further 1,243 people were reported to have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

It takes the UK death toll to 83,203.

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The latest available hospital trust-level figures show, as of Wednesday, January 5, OUH was treating 275 Covid-positive patients, with 29 in serious enough condition to need to be on ventilation.

This is up from 185 the week before, with 21 patients on ventilation.

There have now been 2.4 million people in the UK vaccinated against Covid-19.

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