Almost two dozen new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at the East Suffolk and North Essex Trust in the latest 24-hour period, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 682 people had died in hospital at the trust as of 5pm on Tuesday (January 12).

That was an increase of 21 compared to Monday, when there were 661.

Of these six happened on Sunday, 13 on Monday and two on Tuesday.

It means there have been 89 deaths in the past week, up from 51 the previous week.

The victims were among 6,213 deaths recorded across the East of England.

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."

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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.

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It came as Boris Johnson said the NHS will launch a round-the-clock vaccination service as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister said the process of protecting people from coronavirus is already going “exceptionally fast” but “at the moment the limit is on supply” of the vaccine.

“We will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can,” he told MPs.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details “in due course”, Mr Johnson said.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said: “At the moment the limit is on supply, we have a huge network – 233 hospitals, 1,000 GP surgeries, 200 pharmacies and 50 mass vaccination centres and they are going … exceptionally fast.”