MORE coronavirus patients are being cared for at hospitals in Herefordshire, the latest figures show.

NHS England data shows 17 people were being treated in hospital in the county for Covid-19 by 8am on September 14, up from 16 on the same day the previous week.

The number of beds at Wye Valley NHS Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 increased by four in the last four weeks – 28 days ago, there were 13.

Across England there were 6,344 people in hospital with Covid as of September 14, with 888 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally has increased by 17 per cent in the last four weeks, while the number on mechanical ventilators has increased by eight per cent

The figures also show that 26 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Wye Valley NHS Trust in the week to September 12. This was up from 19 in the previous seven days.