Seven new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at the trust which runs Colchester Hospital over the weekend.

NHS England figures show 417 people had died in hospital at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Sunday.

That was an increase of seven compared to Friday, when there were 410.

It means there have been 11 deaths in the past week, the same number as the previous week.

The victims were among 3,929 deaths recorded across the East of England.

It comes as data shows the trust was caring for 102 coronavirus patients in hospital as of last Tuesday.

The NHS England data shows that the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on November 17 was up from 80 on the same day the previous week.

The number of beds at East Suffolk And North Essex Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 more than doubled in the last four weeks – 28 days ago, there were 38.

Across England there were 14,411 people in hospital with Covid as of November 17, with 1,228 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The numbers of Covid-19 patients being hospitalised and those on mechanical ventilators have more than doubled in the last four weeks across England.

The figures also show that 62 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in East Suffolk And North Essex Trust in the week to November 15.

This was up from 50 in the previous seven days.

The Government second lockdown for England is due to be in place until December 2.

With trials for new vaccines showing promise, preparations are starting for mass vaccination centres to be set up across the country.