THE first Coronavirus deaths in four days have been recorded, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 247 people had died in hospital at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust as of 5pm on Tuesday.

That was an increase of five compared to the 242 that had been recorded at the same point on Monday, and the first deaths in four days.

The victims were among 6,105 deaths recorded across the South East.

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.