More than 1,000 people have now died of coronavirus in Coventry and Warwickshire’s hospitals.
Since the pandemic began, NHS figures show that 1,041 people have died of Covid at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, George Eliot Hospital and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The figures do not include deaths in the community.
The tragic milestone came as the coronavirus rate in Coventry is starting to fall.
As reported, the latest figures show that 1,617 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the city in the seven days up to January 23.
The rate of cases per 100,000 people stands at 435.24, a month-long low. But the number of deaths remains high.
The deadliest day in Coventry recently was January 23 when 10 people died at UHCW.
The figures from January 22 to 26, the latest for which data is available, are preliminary figures and may change.
They show that 32 people have died in the seven days up to January 26 at UHCW.
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At George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton there have been 10 deaths in that time and at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust there have been 20 deaths.
Overall, since the pandemic began there have been 499 deaths at UHCW, 300 at George Eliot and 242 at South Warwickshire.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said that he expects to be able to lay out a timeline for coming out of lockdown next month.
It is hoped that schools will be one of the first areas to be reopened, although he warned this is not going to be before March.
Pubs and restaurants are expected to be among the last businesses to reopen.
But the Prime Minister promised a better picture by Easter, as more people get their first dose of a vaccine.