A TOTAL of 11 coronavirus patients have died at Southampton General Hospital, the Echo can reveal.

The pandemic has hit the city and there are 102 Covid-19 positive patients at the hospital, with that number expected to increase in the near future.

To tackle the outbreak University Hospital Southampton has increased its ventilated intensive care unit capacity from 50 to 150 and there are plans to increase this number to 200.

A hospital spokesman said: "Our planning at University Hospital Southampton is advanced.

"We have done everything possible to be ready and have a clear plan for the weeks ahead.

"We would like to thank our teams for their outstanding professionalism and commitment to delivering the best possible care under these difficult circumstances.

"We are doing everything we can so we would urge everyone to do their bit to support our staff through good hand hygiene and social distancing."

The news comes after NHS England said that a 19-year-old with no underlying health conditions has died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

It was not revealed where the 19-year-old was from or where they died.

The teenager was among 367 new deaths in England's hospitals announced on Tuesday.

All patients were aged between 19 and 98 years old, and all but 28 (aged between 19 and 91) had underlying health conditions, NHS England said in a statement.

A total of 1,789 patients have now died overall in UK hospitals as of 5pm on Monday, the Department of Health said, up by 381 from 1,408 the day before.

The jump is by far the biggest day-on-day rise in the number of deaths since the outbreak began.

It means the total number of deaths is 27% higher than the equivalent figure the day before.