A FURTHER 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Hampshire in the last day.

Figures released by the NHS have revealed that the total number of deaths in Hampshire has risen from 283 to 301 in 24 hours.

The figures cover the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

At UHS, a total of 76 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died to date - an increase of four since yesterday.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, has recorded 136 deaths up by seven from 129 recorded at the same time yesterday.

A total of 81 people who were diagnosed with the virus have died at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with a rise of seven in the last 24 hours.

The trust handles Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Alton Community Hospital.

A total of eight people who tested positive for the virus have died Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, a rise of two from six in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths in UK hospitals of people tested positive for coronavirus stands at 13,729, an increase of 861.