THE DEATH toll of people dying from coronavirus at the Royal Bolton Hospital now stands at 77, latest figures reveal.

Yesterday's total stood at 71 people and since then a further six people have been confirmed as having died from from the illness at the hospital.

But the true number of people who have died from the virus is expected to be higher as the statistics do not include people whose deaths have not yet been officially confirmed by a post mortem or those who have died in care homes or the community.

Nationally a total of 12,107 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Monday, the Department of Health says. This is up by 778 from 1,329 the day before.

Today The Office for National Statistics has also published its latest weekly analysis of deaths registered in England and Wales.

They show that there were 6,235 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales up to April 3, based on deaths registered up to April 11.

Anybody whose death certificate mentions Covid-19, including suspected Covid-19, who died in England and Wales - either in hospital or in the wider community.

This includes people who have died in hospices, private homes and all other locations as well as hospitals.

The Department of Health only records the deaths which occurred in hospitals and so, for the same period only recorded 4,093 deaths, 2,142 below the ONS total.

Although the ONS figures take longer to compile they say their figures are "the most accurate and complete information" available.