THERE has been one new coronavirus death recorded at the Wye Valley NHS Trust in figures released today.

NHS England figures show 47 people had died in hospital at Wye Valley NHS Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday (May 21) – one more than at the same time on Monday.

A week ago, there had been 45 deaths recorded.

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The one death shown in the figures released today (Thursday) actually occurred on Sunday (May 17), but NHS England admits there can be delays in reporting deaths.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the last 24 hours may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: "Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure."

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.


The victims were among 4,946 deaths recorded across the midlands, up by 36 from 4,910 on Tuesday.

Across England, the death toll hit 25,267 on Wednesday, up from 25,080 on Tuesday.