Wye Valley NHS Trust was caring for 18 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Wednesday, figures show.

NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on December 7 was up from 14 on the same day the previous week.

There were nine beds occupied by Covid-19 patients four weeks ago in Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Across England there were 5,501 people in hospital with Covid as of December 7, with 119 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally has decreased by 3% in the last four weeks, while the number on mechanical ventilators has decreased by 21%.

The figures also show that 16 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Wye Valley NHS Trust in the week to December 5. This was up from 13 in the previous seven days.