THERE were no new coronavirus-related deaths recorded at Worcestershire's hospitals in the past 24 hours (Monday, February 15).

It means the total number of deaths remains at 726 in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust hospitals and 55 in Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust hospitals.

And in all settings, including hospices and care homes, there have been at least 1,157 Covid-19 deaths in Worcestershire.

The Acute Hospitals Trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.

The Health and Care NHS trust covers community hospitals and rehabilitation wards, including Worcester City Impatient Unit, Malvern Community Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital, Pershore Community Hospital, the Princess of Wales Community Hospital in Bromsgrove, Tenbury Community Hospital and the Wyre Forest Ward.

Nationally, a further 231 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing to 79,120 the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England.

Patients were aged between 31 and 102 years old. All except 12, who were aged between 53 and 92, had known underlying health conditions.

The dates of death range from December 24, 2020 to 14 February with the majority being on or after 11 February.

Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows: There were 34 deaths in the East of England, 32 in London, 67 in the Midlands, 49 in North East & Yorkshire, 16 in the North West, 27 in the South East and six in the South West.

NHS England and NHS Improvement publish the number of patients who have died in hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 in England. Since Tuesday 28 April, NHS England and NHS Improvement also reports the number of patient deaths where there has been no COVID-19 positive test result, but where COVID-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part one or part two of the death certification process.

This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on 24 April and subsequently.

This means the NHS England and NHS Improvement data collection provides information on all Covid-related (suspected and confirmed) deaths in England hospitals.

Today, 10 deaths have been reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.