It’s been more than three weeks since a Covid-related death was recorded at one of the city’s hospitals.
The last death of a patient who had tested positive for coronavirus was on April 26, NHS stats show.
Since the start of the pandemic 1,468 coronavirus patients have died while being cared for by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
Latest gov.uk data also shows that there are ten patients being treated for the virus across the city’s three hospitals – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital.
The same numbers reveal that three of the ten were on ventilators at the last update and that since the start of the month, there has been one or no Covid-related daily admissions.
More than 4,500 have been treated by UHL staff for the virus and discharged.
The trust halted its weekly reporting of Covid related deaths at the end of April, though NHS data is updated daily.
On announcing the decision to pause death updates, a trust spokesperson said: “In recent weeks, we have seen a significant decrease in both the number of admissions and deaths whilst over 4,500 patients have now recovered and are back home after being looked after by our wonderful team.
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“This gives us reason to be optimistic, but to ensure that we continue to keep cases low locally, we encourage people to continue to observe the government’s Covid guidance, step up for vaccination when called and use hospital services wisely.”