THE total number of coronavirus deaths in hospitals in Cornwall has stayed the same in the latest figures to be released by NHS England.

Thursday's figures show that the total remains at 86 – with 60 of those at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and 26 at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The total has risen only slowly over the past two weeks – it stood at 83 on May 5.

The NHS England figures only cover hospital deaths.

Office for National Statistics totals, which cover all settings, including hospitals, care homes and private residences, put Cornwall's overall figure at 174.

Across England, a further 187 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,266.

Patients were aged between 14 and 98 years old. Of those, six - aged between 46 and 94 - had no known underlying health condition.  

Their families have been informed.

In the south west as a whole five new deaths were confirmed.

There are currently 564 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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.  

Today 32 deaths are reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.