The first coronavirus death in three weeks has been recorded at University Hospital Southampton Trust, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 197 people had died in hospital at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday (July 29).

That was an increase of one compared to the 196 that had been recorded at the same point on Tuesday, and the first death in 21 days.

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PICTURED: A chart showing the cumulative death figures

It means there has been one death in the past week. The previous week there were no new deaths recorded.

The victims were among 3,522 deaths recorded across the South East.

Of 25 trusts within the region, University Hospital Southampton trust has the sixth-highest death toll.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the last 24 hours may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: "Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure."

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.