FIVE people in the county died from coronavirus in a week according to the latest data.

Two people died in hospital, two at home and one in a care home, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.

Two people from Worcester died where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, one in hospital and one at home.

One person from Bromsgrove died at home, one Wychavon resident died in a care home, while a person from Redditch died in hospital.

The five deaths in the week up to Christmas Eve means a total of 1,497 people have so far died from Covid-19 in ‘all settings’ in Worcestershire.

Nobody died in a hospice, communal establishment or another setting in that week, according to the ONS data.

Meanwhile the latest Public Health England figures show the continued sharp increase in people testing positive for the virus.

In Worcestershire, in the seven days to December 30, there were 7,874 cases - a rise of 57 per cent.

In Worcester there were 1,392 cases recorded in those seven days, a rise of 47.9 per cent.

The data for Wychavon, which includes Evesham, Droitwich and Pershore, shows a 38.9 per cent rise in a week up to 1,438 cases recorded.

Malvern Hills saw a rise of 37.4 per cent in the seven days, up to 702 Covid cases recorded.

Meanwhile Bromsgrove was up to 1,573 cases - a rise of 46.5 per cent, Redditch was up to 1,457 cases recorded - a rise of 104.3 per cent, and Wyre Forest - which includes Kidderminster - saw a rise of 77.3 per cent to 1,312 cases.

NHS figures show 53 people were in hospital in Worcestershire with Covid-19 on January 4 - the latest day available - with three people in intensive care.