A HOSPITAL has reported its first Covid-19 death in four days.

The latest figures show that the first coronavirus death in four days has been recorded at University Hospital Southampton Trust.

NHS England figures show 202 people had died in hospital at the hospital as of 5pm on Tuesday (October 20).

An increase of one compared to the 201 that had been recorded at the same point on Monday.

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The victims were among 3,653 deaths recorded across the South East.

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 latest period 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.