There have been no coronavirus-related deaths in almost half of hospital trusts in England over the past 48 hours, official figures show.
The statistics show that 65 hospital trusts (49.6%) did not record a COVID-19 death over a two-day period.
The previous day’s figures show that a similar number – 69 – of hospital trusts did not record a coronavirus-related death over the weekend.
The statistics – analysed by Oxford University researchers – also found 12 hospital trusts reported no COVID-19 deaths in the last seven days.
The figures are based on data from 131 A&E departments in England. There are 152 NHS trusts in England.
The researchers warned, though, that death figures from the weekend always tend to be lower than on weekdays due a lag in reporting.
They also stressed that NHS England figures tend to be lower than those reported by the Office for National Statistics.
The Oxford researchers’ figures are available here.