MORE coronavirus deaths have been recorded at hospitals in Herefordshire, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 208 people had died in hospital at Wye Valley NHS Trust as of 5pm on Thursday (February 18).

That was an increase of four compared to the 204 that had been recorded at the same point on Wednesday.

Yesterday, nine new deaths were reported at the trust.

The new deaths announced today occured on February 14, 16, and 17.

Across England, 315 new deaths were announced today, with 66 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.