TWENTY-four coronavirus patients have died at Rotherham Hospital this week.
George Briggs, chief operating officer The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said as of yesterday, the latest deaths brought the total to 337.
The hospital is currently treating 157 Covid-19 inpatients — up 11 from last week — with six in critical care.
This is the trust’s highest number of Covid-19 inpatients since the start of the pandemic.
The infection rate in Rotherham continues to fall and last Sunday the figure was 194.8 per 100,000 people — down 17 per cent on the previous seven days.
The rate is now below half of what it was at its peak of 515.
A Covid-19 vaccine has now been formally authorised by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Health secretary Matt Hancock announced the good news on Wednesday, saying the NHS stands ready to start administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine next week.
The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply, he added.