The first coronavirus death in over a week have been recorded at North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust, the latest figures show.
NHS England figures show 194 people had died in hospital at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm yesterday.
That was an increase of three compared to the 191 that had been recorded at the same point on Monday, and the first death in eight days.
The victims were among 5,308 deaths recorded across the North East and Yorkshire. 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.
Meanwhile, the number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by 226 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.
Public Health England figures show that 7,448 people had been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by 9am today in Cumbria, up from 7,222 the same time yesterday.
The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government’s mass testing programme.
The rate of infection in Cumbria now stands at 1,490 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 1,660.
Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 25,177 over the period, to 1,099,059.
Cumbria’s cases were among the 231,043 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 5,020 over the period.
Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.