NINE more coronavirus deaths have been recorded at University Hospitals Dorset in the last 24 hours.

The total number at the Trust, which covers both Poole and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, now stands at 642.

The numbers at Dorset County Hospital and within the Dorset Healthcare Universities Trust remain at 101 and 70 respectively.

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Across England a further 258 Covid-19 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 81,304.

Patients were aged between 29 and 101 years old. All except 17 (aged 52 to 100 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

The South West region recorded the fewest number of deaths with 21 with the highest numbers in the Midlands and North East and Yorkshire, both recording 53.