One new coronavirus death has been recorded at Southend Hospital Trust in the latest 24-hour period, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 280 people had died in hospital at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Thursday (December 3).

That was an increase of one compared to Wednesday, when there were 279.

It means there have been nine deaths in the past week, up from seven the previous week.

The victims were among 4,155 deaths recorded across the East of England.

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.