MORE than 470 new coronavirus deaths have been reported at English hospitals in the latest 24-hour period, the latest official figures show.

No new deaths were reported at hospitals in Herefordshire, where NHS England figures show 185 people had died after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Monday (February 15). 

Across England, 474 new deaths were announced today, with 76 of those occurring in the midlands.

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 latest period 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.