Coronavirus death toll in Gloucestershire rises to 166

Seven coronavirus deaths have been recorded at the Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust over the weekend, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 166 people had died in hospital at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Sunday.

That was an increase of seven compared to Friday, when there were 159.

The victims were among 971 deaths recorded across the South West.

Of 21 trusts within the region, the Gloucestershire Hospitals trust has the highest death toll.

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 last 24 hours 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.”

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