Coronavirus deaths pass 700 at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust
The number of coronavirus deaths passed 700 at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust the latest official figures show.
NHS England figures show 703 people had died in hospital at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday (March 10).
That was an increase of four compared to Tuesday, when there were 699.
It means there have been seven deaths in the past week, down from 17 the previous week.
The victims were among 13,929 deaths recorded across the North West, which is the third-worst affected of England's seven NHS regions after the midlands and London.
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.