SIX more people in Oxfordshire have died after being diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus.

That takes the death toll for the county to 51 so far.

The data comes from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals in Oxford and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, and that figure relates to patients who have died in their care.

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In addition, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals and medical centres across Oxfordshire and other counties, has registered five deaths of patients with the virus.

The total number of diagnosed cases of the coronavirus in Oxfordshire is now at 533, according to the government's latest figures.

Across the country, Public Health England said today that a further 765 people had died.

Those patients were aged between 24 and 103, and 43 of them had no known underlying health condition.

The total number of reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 7,248.

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By way of comparison, the number of people in England who died in the 2017/18 year after being diagnosed with influenza, another respiratory virus, was 26,408.

Overall in England and Wales, the number of people who died from all causes from December 28 until March 2020, was 150,047.

Globally, a total of 1,353,361 people have now been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus, and 79,235 people have died of it, according to the World Health Organisation on Wednesday.

China, where the disease first emerged in December, recorded just two new deaths in the 24 hours before that report was published.

The United States, meanwhile, recorded 1,286 deaths in the same period, taking the total number of deaths there to 10,845.