THE number of coronavirus deaths in English hospitals has risen by four, the latest figures from NHS England show.

In the midlands, no new deaths were recorded, in data released today (September 7) while across England, a total of four new deaths were announced, taking the death toll in England to 29,611.

All four of the deaths were in the north-west of England.

To date, NHS England figures show 57 have died at the Wye Valley NHS Trust after testing positive for coronavirus, but the most recent death was on July 15.

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.