Coronavirus has been linked to the deaths of nearly 900 people living in Hertfordshire, latest figures show.

The weekly data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is helping to provide more details about the number of people passing away from the virus - but also helps paint a picture of whether we have passed the coronavirus peak.

The positive news is, that like with much of the rest of the country, coronavirus deaths are reducing, with the peak in Hertfordshire believed to have been between April 17 and April 19.

Latest ONS data shows there have been 893 Covid-19 deaths that have occurred up to May 8, registered up until May 16, across the ten districts and boroughs in Hertfordshire.

Number of Covid-19 death occurrences by district up to May 8. Source: ONS

The borough which has recorded the most coronavirus deaths is Hertsmere, with 164, followed by St Albans with 104 and Watford and Dacorum both with 101.

Stevenage has reported the fewest number of deaths with 47, the ONS data shows.

In almost all districts, the number of coronavirus deaths recorded in the week ending May 8 was the same or less than the number of deaths in the week ending May 1.

Only Stevenage recorded an increase - from three to five.

This graps shows weekly Covid-19 death occurrences in Hertfordshire, peaking during mid-April

The ONS data takes into account deaths which have occurred in all settings, which include in hospitals, care homes, hospice, and at home.

Between March 7 and May 8, ONS data shows there have been 1,019 deaths inside care homes in Hertfordshire.

This includes 143 in Hertsmere and 135 in North Hertfordshire.

Between December 2019 and March 6 (pre Covid), the ONS data shows there were a total of 487 deaths inside care homes in the county.

The graph below shows the number of care home deaths (all causes) in each district before (Dec 28 - March 6) and during Covid-19, up to May 8. Source: ONS

On Tuesday May 19, the ONS reported 121,002 deaths were registered in England and Wales between March 21 and May 8 2020.

This was 49,575 more deaths than the average for this period in the previous five years - and Covid-19 was responsible for 75 per cent of these excess deaths.

ONS weekly deaths data for England show of all deaths occurring up to 8 May (registered up to 16 May), 37,154 involved Covid-19.

In Hertfordshire, the total number of deaths has increased in all ten boroughs and districts - comparing the first ten weeks of the year (pre Covid) and the following nine (March 7 onwards).

Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, and Watford have all recorded at least 100 more deaths in the last nine weeks of the year than in the first ten weeks of 2020.

Number of death occurrences in Hertfordshire (all causes) pre-Covid, and during Covid-19 (March 7 - May 8). Source: ONS

For more regional figures on Three Rivers, Watford, and Hertsmere, and the latest national data, click here