Government figures for UK and Kent and Medway tested coronavirus cases and recoveries

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The latest figures related to the spread of coronavirus have been released – including the number of UK patients who have recovered.

As of today (March 27) a total of 113,777 people have been tested, of which 99,234 were confirmed negative and 14,543 were confirmed positive.

As of 5pm on 27 March 2020, 1,019 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

Some 135 patients in the UK are listed as having recovered from the virus.

In Kent 182 people have tested positive with a further 48 in Medway.

In Thanet there have been cases including in Westgate, Birchington Vale, a staff member at Saga and a parent of a Chatham & Clarendon pupil. There have been suspected cases in Margate and Ramsgate. There are an unconfirmed number of Covid-19 patients at QEQM Hospital.

It is understood some QEQM staff are self-isolating and at least one member has received a positive result.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed today he has tested positive as has Health Secretary Matt Hancock. The Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Witty is self isolating after showing symptoms.

Many people do not have access to a test so the numbers only reflect those who have been tested, meaning the number of cases is likely to be higher.


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  1. 14,543 were confirmed positive.
    759 patients in the UK have died.
    Some 135 people have recovered from the virus.
    Is there a bit missing there?

    • That’s because the recovery rate of confirmed cases IS most likely low….once it takes hold and the person is hospitalised then it is extremely serious. And of course only those hospitalised are tested. Many confirmed cases who haven’t died or recovered are in intensive care, fighting for their lives. This is far deadlier than was initially announced….probably to stop panic. More people are coming forward who have survived and have given graphic details of how horrific it is to go through.

  2. Is there any way you can obtain current Covid 19 patient numbers in QEQM, Kathy? The problem that is happening is the attitude by a lot of people in the community that it’s a bad flu but if people realise how many are already seriously ill in QEQM then it might sink in that for the few it’s a very bad flu but many more (of all ages and health) will be hospitalised and can (and will) die here in the upcoming weeks/months. I don’t think it has sunk in with some people how highly contagious and deadly this is or that they get symptoms a few days after contracting the virus. I’ve heard so many people say “I haven’t got it…I’m healthy because I have no symptoms”….clearly not sinking in that just because they don’t have symptoms then they are not contagious. This is terrifying and this disease WILL affect a lot of people’s lives in Thanet

    • Unfortunately they won’t release figures specific to the hospital or even at district level. I think the figures are only really an indication anyway as without testing everyone, how can they be accurate.

  3. I have a bad feeling about this.Looking at the age profile of Thanet,the general level of pre existing health issues and the administrative state of the trust, it doesn’t bode well if the virus does take hold.
    The fact that some. especially the old, are ignoring all the health warnings is shortening the fuse to what may become a really serious situation.
    London has many hospitals and they are building a facility in the Excel centre.What are they doing for Thanet?
    I hope and pray by some miracle, the worst is avoided,but the die may be already cast because of the foolish behaviour of some.

  4. I don’t necessarily mistrust the government figures because they are known to be partial. With hardly any testing being done, we can never know who is infected in most cases.
    I have self isolated because I have flu-type symptoms, but not really like the ones described for COVID19. But I don’t KNOW!
    Nor did my sister-in-law who had symptoms far more like the ones for COVID19 but she recovered at home.
    We are residents of Thanet and we would go out shopping and visiting so who knows where we got it (IF we did!) and who knows who got it from us. With low rates of testing, the figures of positive and negative tests are not really telling us much.

    • The problem we have with testing it’s not wide spread but seems just to be done on people who are showing signs, so this will show that our death rate is higher than our cure rate. Unfortunately I can’t find any information on at what stage covid 19 sufferers are retested to see if they are clear of infection. Obviously testing would be better to find new cases than wasting time money test kits on someone who is feeling better is all I can imagine. This would make a vast difference if everyone was being tested.

  5. Hi until you get a cure it will never be resolved it might take Abit of the virus away but not all of it don’t matter how much you lockdown people

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