THERE were 23 COVID-19 deaths at Sussex hospitals in the last week.

Tragically 809 people have now died at Sussex hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to the latest figures from NHS England, between December 6 to 12, 11 people died at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust after contracting the virus.

This number is almost half of the county’s weekly death toll.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust covers the DGH, Conquest and Bexhill Hospital.