Coronavirus death toll at Gloucestershire hospitals rises to 199

Two new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 199 people had died in hospital at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Thursday.

That was an increase of two compared to Wednesday, when there were 197.

It means there have been three deaths in the past week, up from one the previous week.

The victims were among 1,321 deaths recorded across the South West.

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.

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