The first coronavirus death in ​over nine weeks has been recorded at Hampshire Hospitals Trust, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 162 people had died in hospital at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday (September 16).

That was an increase of one compared to the 161 that had been recorded at the same point on Tuesday, and the first death in 79 days.

It is not known if this death occurred at Basingstoke, Winchester or Andover hospital. The Trust runs all three hospitals. 

The victims were among 3,576 deaths recorded across the South East.

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Of 25 trusts within the region, Hampshire Hospitals trust has the 11th-highest death toll.

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.