HAMPSHIRE hospitals are treating more than 550 patients who are suffering with Covid-19, government figures shows.

In the latest data, which shows up to the date of February 16, 559 patients with coronavirus were lying in hospital beds across the county.

Of those, 75 were in mechanical ventilation (MV) beds which are equipped with pumps to help them to breath.

This was down 126 patients patients since February 9, of which 14 were on ventilators.

The figures also breaks down the data per trust.

On February 16, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust was recorded as having 174 Covid patients currently occupying beds.

This is a drop of 57 since February 9.

The trust noted it was treating 42 patients in MV beds.

The figures also showed that staff are treating a further 661 non-Covid patients, whom are all occupying beds.

Across the county in Portsmouth, the city's trust recorded 254 patients currently in its hospitals.

This is a drop of 16 in the seven-day period.

Of those, 26 are using MV beds.

The figures also showed that 602 non-Covid patients were occupying beds across the trust.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 110 Covid-19 patients in its hospitals.

This is a drop of 37 since February 9.

The figures showed that, of those, seven are occupying MV beds.

As well as this, the trust says that beds are being used by 422 non-Covid patients.

One of the other two trusts in the county, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, recorded 13 Covid patients in beds across its hospitals.

This is a drop of seven during the seven days up to February 16.

At Solent NHS Foundation Trust, staff were treating eight patients with Covid.

This was a drop of nine since February 9.

The Government also confirmed that no Covid patients at either of those two trusts were occupying MV beds.

However, it was not able to provide information on how many beds were occupied by non-Covid patients at these two trusts.