Another 260 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed via Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in recent update.

Some of the local coronavirus cases recorded today may have been confirmed in late September – with technical issues meaning they weren’t added to the data until today. More details in the UK overview below.

Another 43 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent, bringing the total number in the city since the start of the epidemic to 2,181.

The number of cases in the Staffordshire County Council area increased by 217 – to 5,581.

Of the new cases, 43 were in Newcastle Under Lyme Borough, 19 in Staffordshire Moorlands and 51 in Stafford Borough.

Across the border in East Cheshire, another 192 cases have been confirmed – bringing the total to 3,286.

Another coronavirus death was also confirmed at Royal Stock University Hospital – bringing the total hospital confidence since the start of the pandemic to 360.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 by region as of October 4:

  • Stoke on Trent: 2,181 (43 more than yesterday)
  • Staffordshire Moorlands: 518 (Up 19 from yesterday)
  • Newcastle Region: 1,097 (43 more than yesterday)
  • Stafford area: 897 (51 more than yesterday)
  • Staffordshire County (all Staffordshire authorities – including those in the south of the county – except for Stoke on Trent): 5,581 (217 more than yesterday)
  • Cheshire East: 3286 (192 more than yesterday)

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Deaths due to Covid-19 in local hospital funds as of October 4:

  • University of North Midlands NHS Trust Hospitals (Royal Stock University Hospital and District Hospital): 360
  • North Staffordshire NHS Healthcare Joint Fund (Harplands Hospital): 6
  • NHS Foundation Partnership Fund in the Midlands) Haywood Hospital, Normal Person Morlands Hospital, Bradwell hospital, Cheadle Hospital and more): 12
  • NHS Foundation Fund for Mid Cheshire Hospitals (including Leighton Hospital in Crewe): 214
  • The NHS East Cheshire Trust Congleton War Memorial Hospital and Macclesfield County General Hospital): 148
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Deaths due to Covid-19 by local authority area as of September 29 (Source: Office for National Statistics, figures are updated weekly)

  • Stoke-on-Trent: 204
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme: 144
  • Staffordshire Moorlands: 80
  • Stafford area: 120
  • Cheshire East: 562

UK overview:

The total number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has surpassed 500,000 since the outbreak began, according to the government dashboard.

The government dashboard said that as of 9 am on Sunday, there were another 22,961 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 502,978.

The dashboard said that the daily figure includes 15,841 additional cases that were registered between September 25 and October 2, but were not included in previous days due to a technical problem, adding that Sunday’s data “is thus artificially high for England and the United Kingdom.”

The government also said 33 more people had died within 28 days of the result of the Covid-19 virus test until Sunday. This brings the UK total to 42,350.

Separate figures published by UK statistical agencies show that there are now nearly 57,900 deaths recorded in the UK where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Public Health England said its investigation of a technical issue with the government’s coronavirus dashboard identified more than 15,000 cases that were not included in the daily reports between September 25 and October 2.

For example, 4,786 cases that were due to be reported on October 2 were not included in the daily total on the dashboard that day, when the number was presented as 6,968.

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Michael Brody, interim chief executive of Public Health England, said: “A technical issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the process of uploading data transmitting positive laboratory results for Covid-19 to reporting dashboards.

“After a prompt investigation, we determined that 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2 were not included in the daily reported Covid-19 cases. The majority of these cases occurred in recent days.

“ Each of these cases received the result of the Covid-19 test as usual and all those who tested positive were advised to self-isolate.

NHS Test and Trace and PHE worked to quickly resolve the issue and promptly transfer all outstanding cases to the NHS Contact Tracing and Testing System and I would like to thank the Fellows in Contact Tracing and Health Protection for their additional efforts over the weekend.

“We fully understand the concern this might cause and more robust measures have been taken as a result.”

The joint medical advisor for public health, testing and tracing in England, Susan Hopkins, said the problem did not prevent people from receiving the test result or affected decision-making in local areas.

“Our analysis now shows that this case affected a total of 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2, the majority of which occurred in recent days,” she said. This means that the total number of positive cases during this period was higher than previously reported.

Of these, more than 75% (11,968) related to cases that should have been reported between September 30 and October 2.

“This issue did not affect the people who received the Covid-19 test results, and all the people who tested positive received the Covid-19 test result in the normal way. It also does not affect the basis on which decisions on domestic actions were made last week.

“All outstanding cases were immediately transferred to the contact tracing system by 1am on October 3, and a comprehensive public health risk assessment was conducted to ensure that the pending cases were prioritized for effective contact tracing.

“The advice remains the same. If the test result is positive, you should immediately isolate yourself for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and we urge everyone contacted through NHS Test and Trace to provide their contact details recently.”

Public Health England has provided a breakdown of the number of cases that are not included in the figures for each day, as follows:

– 957 cases on September 25, when the original given number was 6,874
– 744 on September 26, when the original given number was 6042
– 757 on September 27, when the original given number was 5693
– None on September 28, when the original given number was 4044
– 1415 on September 29, when the original given number was 7143
– 3049 on September 30, when the original given number was 7108
– 4133 on October 1, when the original given number was 6914
– 4786 on October 2, when the original given number was 6968