The first coronavirus deaths in five days have been recorded at North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust, the latest figures show.
NHS England figures show 260 people had died in hospital at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm yesterday.
That was an increase of five compared to the 255 that had been recorded at the same point on Sunday, and the first deaths in five days.
The victims were among 8,634 deaths recorded across the North East and Yorkshire, which is the third-worst affected of England’s seven NHS regions after the midlands and the North 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.