A further 21 deaths have been recorded at hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria, according to the latest data from NHS England.

These are cases where a patient has tested positive within 28 days of their death or where Covid-19 is mentioned on their death certificate.

They do not include deaths in care homes or community settings. There can be a delay in reporting weekend figures, meaning each death is not reported by the NHS on the following day.

Seven people died at East Lancashire Hospitals, which includes Royal Blackburn Hospital. Three died on February 26, one on February 27 and three on February 28.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals also recorded seven deaths, including one on January 14, one on February 6, and two on both February 27 and 28.

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals recorded three deaths. One patient died on February 27 and two on February 28.

Three people also died at Morecambe Bay hospitals, including one on February 28 and two on March 1.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals recorded one death on March 1.

There tends to be a spike in the daily death toll on Tuesdays due to a lag in reporting fatalities at the weekend.

Total coronavirus deaths across Lancashire's five NHS hospital trusts as of Monday, March 2

The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 315 with one of the victims aged only 17.

England reported 279 new fatalities, Scotland had 33, Northern Ireland recorded two and Wales had one.

It is the lowest daily increase on a Tuesday since 263 fatalities were reported on November 3 and about a 30 per cent drop on last week's total.

The tolls announced on recent Tuesdays were 437 on February 23, 540 on February 16, 583 on February 9 and 860 on February 2.

Of the latest fatalities in England, one was a 17-year-old with no underlying health conditions, with the patients aged between 17 and 102, NHS England said.

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