THE number of patients who have died with coronavirus in Dorset’s hospitals remains at 153.

In total, 65 people have died at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and 48 deaths have been recorded at Poole Hospital.

Twenty-four deaths have occurred at Dorset County Hospital with 16 reported at the Dorset Health University NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS England officials have announced a further 79 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England stands at 28,061.

The patients were aged between 35 and 98-years-old.

Eight patients, aged between 35 and 92, had no known underlying health conditions.

Two of the deaths occurred in the south west.