NINE people have died from coronavirus in the latest 24-hour period, official figures show.

NHS England figures show 276 people had died in hospital at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust as of 5pm on Monday.

That was an increase of nine compared to Sunday, when there were 267.

It means there have been 34 deaths in the past week, up from 18 the previous week.

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The victims were among 6,782 deaths recorded across the South East.

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Brighton and Hove also jumped by 944 over the weekend.

Public Health England figures show that 10,272 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday the area - up from 9,328 the same time on Friday.

The rate of infection in Brighton and Hove now stands at 3,531 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 4,807.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 161,046 over the period, to 3,118,518.

Brighton and Hove’s cases were among the 379,643 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 25,217 over the period.