THREE more patients have died in Dorset hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

Two of the deaths were recorded at the University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) trust on November 22.

Before the recent formation of UHD, coronavirus hospital deaths had been detailed separately for the now extinct Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust (RBCH) and Poole Hospital Trust.

Another death was registered by the Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust on November 23.

Since the start of the pandemic, 68 deaths have been recorded by Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, 97 at Poole Hospital and 25 by University Hospitals Dorset.

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have each confirmed 25.

NHS England said today a further 353 people who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is 38,865.

Patients were aged between 10 and 100 years old.

All except nine, aged 31 to 90 years old, had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 24 October to 23 November 2020 with the majority being on or after 21 November.

Their families have been informed.