Coronavirus: 14 die in Peterborough hospital in a city where COVID-19 rules on social distancing come under scrutiny
- Credit: © Terry Harris
Fourteen people have died at Peterborough City Hospital from coronavirus –in a city where photographic evidence poses the question whether social distancing is being observed.
A poll conducted in Peterborough last week found that 95 per cent of people agreed that police should get tougher on implementing social distancing rules.
Responding to an online poll in which 1,000 people took part, the question was asked whether police should fine or arrest people breaking coronavirus social distancing rules in Peterborough.
Only in the most serious cases was the response of 43 per cent whilst the majority –52 per cent – answered ‘every time’.
Photographer Terry Harris was in Lincoln Road, Peterborough, on Sunday and his portfolio of images showed social distancing was clearly not being observed.
Arguably there were many workers queuing for a bus, but the overall impression was of the rules being only modestly adhered to.
Yesterday (Monday) Terry went back into the city centre for a brief glimpse of lockdown and social distancing,
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He felt worst offenders were cyclists “who just stream through seemingly ignoring anyone they encounter”.
He also thought people walking through queues presented an issue – and people getting too close to those trying to withdraw money from cash machines.
Hospital bosses confirmed today (Tuesday) that since March 24, there have been 23 deaths from coronavirus in Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.
Caroline Walker, chief executive of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I can confirm that sadly, a total of 23 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths.
“There have been nine at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and fourteen at Peterborough City Hospital. Patients were aged 30 to 90 years old and had pre-existing health conditions. They had all tested positive for COVID-19.
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients’ families and loved ones at this difficult time.”