Weekly coronavirus deaths have decreased at mid and south Essex hospitals, the latest figures show.

NHS England says 2,271 people have now died from Covid-19 Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. 

The trust runs Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals.

The two deaths were announced over the past two days.

It means there has now been 44 deaths at the three hospitals n the past week - down from 62 the previous week.

The victims were among 10,069 deaths recorded across the East of England.


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.