THERE have been eight coronavirus deaths and another rise in the number of Covid patients in Worcestershire hospitals this week, NHS data shows.

The latest figures reveal the eight deaths recorded for county hospitals came in the week up to February 18.

Seven of the deaths came at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust sites - Worcestershire Royal Hospital, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital - with the trust's total moving to 954.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust saw a further Covid-19 death, its total moving to 68.

The eight announced deaths this week means in total there have been 1,020 Covid-related deaths in county hospitals during the pandemic.

Latest NHS data shows a rise in the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 - with 98 recorded on Friday, February 18.

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In comparison a week ago, on February 11, there were 85 people in Worcestershire hospitals with Covid-19.

The number of people in intensive care with Covid 19 is at four people - the same number as February 11.

Meanwhile there has been another fall in the number of coronavirus cases overall in Worcestershire, Public Health England (PHE) figures show.

The latest figures show there were 3,833 cases in the week up to February 13 - a drop of 29.7 per cent on the previous week.

Worcester saw a fall of 26.1 per cent in the seven days to February 13 with 750 cases recorded.

Malvern Hills saw a fall of 30.9 per cent in the seven days with 581 cases.

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Wychavon, which includes Evesham and Droitwich, was down 23.9 per cent to 956 cases.

Redditch was down 38.3 per cent to 490 cases.

Wyre Forest, which includes Kidderminster, was down 30.6 per cent to 552 cases.

And Bromsgrove had a fall of 33.2 per cent to 534 cases.

The latest vaccination figures, up to February 17, show 87.3 per cent of Worcestershire adults have had a first dose of a Covid vaccine, 82.9 per cent have had a second, while 68.6 per cent have had a booster.