The number of coronavirus-related deaths in England's hospitals has fallen to single figures today, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

In the last 24 hours eight people who tested positive for the Covid-19 have died and none in Cornwall or the whole of the south west.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,181.

The most recent eight patients reported to have lost their lives were aged between 61 and 91 years old, with all patients having known underlying health conditions.Their families have been informed.

One further death is reported with no positive Covid-19 test result, but where the virus was recorded as the direct or underlying cause.

It means that in Cornwall the number of hospital deaths relating to coronavirus figure remains at 91 and has not risen since July 2, when one death was added. Prior to that, the total had not increased since June 2.

However, on Tuesday the Office for National Statistics, which has been collating weekly data for hospitals, care homes and the wider community, confirmed that the overall number of deaths for Cornwall in any setting had risen by two on the previous week, to 207.

Yesterday the Packet reported how the publication of overall daily figures for coronavirus-related deaths in the UK was to be paused after Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review.

It was after Public Health England confirmed that the reported deaths may have included people who had tested positive for the virus months before they died.

Other UK nations only included people who died within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19.

A statement on the govenment's website posted on Friday states: "Currently the daily deaths measure counts all people who have tested positive for coronavirus and since died, with no cut-off between time of testing and date of death.

"There have been claims that the lack of cut-off may distort the current daily deaths number. We are therefore pausing the publication of the daily figure while this is resolved."

Despite this, the government's website today shows a rise of 27 UK hospital deaths on the previous 24 hours, as of 3.58pm today, with the total now at 45,300.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly now sits at 902, which marks a rise of three on Friday's figures.

Across the UK there have now been 294,792 positive lab test results, which marks a rise of 726 cases in 24 hours.

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