The number of hospital deaths in Cornwall involving patients testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by double figures.

NHS England has reported a rise of 16 deaths across the Duchy's two hospital trusts.

There have been 12 recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, bringing its total to 164, and four more at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, bringing its total to 54.

It means the overall number of Covid-19 deaths in total in Cornwall's hospitals since the start of the pandemic now sits at 218.

Due to a time difference in the way figures are reported on the Government dashboard and by NHS England, it may be that at least some of these deaths were part of the rise of 20 deaths shown yesterday on the dashboard.

Today's Government update only shows a rise of four new deaths in the overall total number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – taking the total to 386 recorded in the 28 days after a positive test result.

The number of deaths simply with Covid-19 on the death certificate is now at 378, with this figure updated weekly. There was a rise of 54 in the most recent update, with the figures refreshed yesterday.

Nationally a further 664 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 77,253.

Patients were aged between 21 and 100 years old. All except 26 – aged 36 to 96 years old – had known underlying health conditions and their families have been informed.

The date of their death ranged from December 3, 2020 to February 9, 2021 with the majority being on or after February 6.

Of those 60 were in the South West.

The overall UK figures today show 1,001 more people to have died within 28 days of their first positive test result.

This takes the total number of UK deaths within 28 days to 114,851. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

As of 4pm today (Wednesday, February 10) there have been 49 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the previous 24 hours.

The total number of cases in the local authority area since the start of the pandemic now sits at 13,091.

The seven-day rolling total of cases has now dropped to 487 cases recorded in the seven days leading up to February 5. Data from the most recent five days is not shown due to being incomplete.

This represents a weekly rate of 85.2 cases per 100,000 people – the second day in a row that this has been under 100, after many weeks of being above.

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has increased by 13,013 in 24 hours.

This brings the total to 3,985,161 nationally since the start of the pandemic.

As of today (Wednesday, February 10) 13,058,298 people in the UK have received their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 519,553 people have had their second dose.