NEARLY 37,000 people have now died in the UK from coronavirus, figures show.

At the Downing Street briefing it was revealed that there were a further 289 deaths across the country as of 5pm on Saturday.

Among those who died were 171 patients in hospital, and 118 in the community.

Here in Sussex, the only health trust to report further deaths over the weekend was the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust, serving Crawley, where three patients died.

Nationally the Government said that more than 110,000 coronavirus tests were completed on Saturday, taking the total to just short of 3.5 million since the crisis started.

There have been a total of 259,559 confirmed coronavirus cases from these tests, and the UK death toll has sadly reached 36,793.

Here in Sussex, the total number of people who have died from the disease in hospital stands at 558.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital has seen 123 patients die since the start of the crisis.

In East Sussex the total number of patients who have died is 80.

This week, The Argus reported on husband and wife Clarence and Stella Diribe who left the Eastbourne District General Hospital at the same after each spending more than three weeks in critical care.

There have been 239 deaths at the Surrey and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, covering Crawley, 15 deaths in the Sussex Community NHS Trust, and 101 deaths in the Western Sussex NHS Trust