A further coronavirus death has been recorded in Wirral hospitals, NHS England has confirmed.

The news comes as fresh figures show that hospital admissions for Covid-19 have increased at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

The Trust does not disclose hospital admission numbers for its two main hospital sites, but NHS England publishes the data on a weekly basis.

This week's report shows that on the most recently reported date of December 1, there were 67 beds occupied by patients with coronavirus. That's up seven from a week earlier.

Of the 67 Covid patients occupying beds on December 1, two were on mechanical ventilation beds, the same as seven days earlier.

Today's reported fatality occurred yesterday (December 3), taking the total number of patients who have died with coronavirus if Wirral University Teaching Hospital to 349.

Nationally, a further 274 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 41,879.

Patients were aged between 15 and 98 years old. All except seven (aged 15 to 78 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from March 26 to December 3 with the majority being on or after November 23.

45 of the facilities reported today occurred in the North West of England.