First Covid-19 death in weeks recorded at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust

The first coronavirus death in over seven weeks has been recorded at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 196 people had died in hospital at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Monday.

That was an increase of one compared to the 195 that had been recorded at the same point on Sunday, and the first death in 55 days.

The victims were among 1,291 deaths recorded across the South West.

Of 21 trusts within the region, 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 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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