A FURTHER 24 people have died after with Covid-19 in hospitals across Dorset.

Latest figures released by NHS England on Friday, January 22, show a total of 18 deaths have been recorded by University Hospitals Dorset, which runs Bournemouth and Poole hospitals.

Eleven deaths were confirmed on January 20 with two occurring on January 12, 19 and 21. One death was recorded January 16.

Dorset County Hospital has recorded five deaths with three on January 20 and a further two the following day.

One death was reported by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust on January 20.

This means since the start of the pandemic, a total of 526 patients have died with the coronavirus in Dorset hospitals.

University Hospitals Dorset has recorded 246 deaths, Dorset County Hospital 61 and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust 44.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital recorded 68 and 107 respectively prior to the hospital merger in October.

Data released on Thursday, January 21, showed a further 12 deaths were reported across Dorset hospitals. 

NHS officials said nationally a further 993 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 65,104.

Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old.

All except 47, aged 32 to 96 years old, had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from December 12, to January 21, 2021.