THE NHS has reported a spike in coronavirus deaths at hospitals in Herefordshire, as the death toll hits 195.

On Wednesday, NHS England reported another 10 patients had died at the Wye Valley NHS Trust after testing positive for coronavirus, one of the biggest daily jumps so far in the pandemic.

It takes the total as of 4pm on Tuesday (February 16) to 195.

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."

The deaths reported at the Wye Valley Trust on Wednesday actually happened on January 20, 21, 24, 29 and 31, as well as on February 12, 13 and 14.

Across England, a total of 522 new deaths were announced today, with 104 of those occurring in the midlands.

It takes England's total since the start of the pandemic to 80,115.

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.