THE number of hospital patients in Dorset who have died with the coronavirus remains at 155.

The last death occurred in a hospital in the county on June 15.

NHS England officials said today that a further 71 people who tested positive for Covid-19 had died in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is 28,292.

Patients were aged between 41 and 95 years old. One patient, aged 68, had no known underlying health conditions.

None of the deaths occurred in hospitals in the south west.