THE trust which runs Colchester Hospital has recorded another death due to coronavirus.

The death happened on Sunday, October 18.

It is the third death recorded in four days at the East Suffolk and North Essex Trust.

The other deaths happened on Thursday and Saturday.

Prior to last week the last death recorded at the trust was back in July.

It brings the death toll at the trust to 360 since the outbreak began.

It comes as the coronavirus infection rate in Colchester continues to rise latest figures show.

The infection rate is now 101.2 cases per 100,000 people with 197 new cases in a seven day period.

The figures, for the seven days to October 17, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (October 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

It comes as numbers continue to fall in the areas with the highest rates in England.

In Knowsley, 1,006 new cases were recorded in the seven days to October 17 – the equivalent of 666.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 709.3 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 10.

Nottingham has the second highest rate, but this is down sharply from 975.1 to 639.5, with 2,129 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has dropped from 691.7 to 596.3, with 2,970 new cases.