A FURTHER death due to coronavirus has been recorded in Cornwall in the past 24 hours.

It is the second day in a row that the tragic number of deaths in hospitals has risen.

It now stands at 88, having increased by one to 87 yesterday.

Prior to that, it had not risen since Monday, May 18 – a period of nine days.

The latest death to be recorded in today's NHS England figures happened at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, where the total now stands at 62.

The number to have lost their lives at hospitals run by Cornwall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust remains at 26.

NHS England's totals only cover deaths in hospitals. Office for National Statistics figures put Cornwall's total death toll, covering all settings, at 190.

Across England a further 185 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,234.

Patients were aged between 28 and 99 years old. Of those, five – aged between 65 and 96 – had no known underlying health condition, NHS England said.

Their families have been informed.

In the south west as a whole a further 12 deaths have been recorded.

To date there have been 575 confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.