Coronavirus: Person dies at Southampton General Hospital

THE first coronavirus death in three weeks has been recorded at University Hospital Southampton Trust, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 200 people had died in hospital at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Tuesday (October 6).

That was an increase of one compared to the 199 that had been recorded at the same point on Monday, and the first death in 21 days.

The victims were among 3,618 deaths recorded across the South East.

Of 25 trusts within the region, University Hospital Southampton trust has the sixth-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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