TWO patients have died with coronavirus in Sussex.

This is the first time in almost a month that new deaths have been recorded in the county. The total toll is now 641.

One death was recorded by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

The other was reported at the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for Worthing Hospital, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Three further coronavirus deaths were reported nationally, bringing the overall Government figure to 41,504.

There were 1,295 new cases, and the UK total is now 337,168. Twenty six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed across Sussex in the last 24-hour reporting period.

In Brighton and Hove, seven more people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 884. Ten new cases were reported in East Sussex, where the total is now 1,729. Nine new cases were recorded in West Sussex, bringing the county’s figure to 2,969.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has now recorded 149 deaths and the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust total is 114. The figures for the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust remained the same, at 100, 260 and 18 respectively.