FIVE more coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the Braintree district over the last week.

A total of 509 people have now died in the area since the start of the pandemic, when the latest figures were updated on Wednesday – up from 504 a week previously.

They were among 18,689 deaths recorded across the east of England.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in the district.

A total of 161,560 deaths were recorded throughout England by August 3 – up from 160,485 last week.