Two new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at Buckinghamshire Trust over the bank holiday weekend, with 66 more cases logged, the latest official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 31,187 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (April 6) in Buckinghamshire, up from 31,121 the same time on Thursday.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government's mass testing programme.

And NHS England figures show 415 people had died in hospital at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as of 5pm on Monday (April 5).

That was an increase of two compared to Thursday, when there were 413.

No other deaths have been recorded in the latest week. The previous week, two deaths were reported.

The rate of infection in Buckinghamshire now stands at 5,733 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 6,780.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 7,748 over the period, to 4,364,529.

Buckinghamshire's cases were among the 535,459 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 1,174 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the latest period may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: “Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure.”

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.