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Coronavirus Kent: 750 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from Covid-19

More people have recovered from coronavirus in Kent's seven major hospitals than have died.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has seen 154 patients leave its Maritime Hospital site in Gillingham, 68 have left East Kent's three major hospitals and 115 have left Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals. Darent Valley has discharged 413 patients, including Biniam Kidane home last week, which is more than the rest combined.

Dartford Uber driver Biniam Kidane
Dartford Uber driver Biniam Kidane

A total of 243 have so far died while in the care of the county's NHS trusts, including one death within the mental health service and 10 while being cared for in the community.

While Medway has discharged the second greatest number of patients it has also experienced the lowest number of hospital deaths (21), while East Kent which has discharged 68 patients has recorded the highest number of deaths (107).

There have been 57 deaths at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells hospitals and 47 at Dartford and Gravesham.

It is likely the actual number of deaths across the UK could be 15% higher than the 13,729 Department of Health figure according to Office for National Statistics forecasts, as the NHS figures do not account for deaths at home or in care homes.

To date more than 100,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 across the UK, including 1,958 in Kent and 428 in Medway.

But the official figures mean as of Friday morning 30% of known cases have recovered while 10% have sadly died.

Although the figures do not account for those who test positive but recover at home.

Public Health England's official recovery figure for the whole country stands at just 135, far lower than other similar sized countries.

But that number was published at an early stage in the outbreak and it's important to remember a lot of the 100,000 people who have tested positive will have recovered at home with no need for a second test.

Second tests to check someone is fully recovered would also take up valuable resources as the government focuses its attention on hitting the 100,000 tests a day target by the end of the month, many of which would be given to NHS workers.

In other words the actual recovery rate is far higher than the official figure.

One patient who walked out of hospital last week was 43-year-old Uber driver Biniam Kidane who left Darent Valley after three weeks, including 12 days in intensive care.

KentOnline spoke to his wife about the reality of watching a loved one fight back from the brink.

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