A further 10 Covid-19 patients in Lancashire have died across four of the county's five NHS hospital trusts.
NHS England confirmed the fatalities this afternoon (November 28), bringing the county's total death toll to 1,797 since the start of the pandemic.
Four people died from virus-related illness at University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which operates Royal Lancaster Infirmary as well as a number of locations in Cumbria.
Two people died on Thursday (November 26) and two on Friday.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital, recorded three further virus related deaths. All three victims of the virus passed away last Wednesday.
Two deaths were recorded at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, with one person dying on each of Friday and Monday.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Clifton Hospital, saw one further virus-related death. They died on Thursday.
There were no further fatalities confirmed at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates Royal Blackburn Hospital.
There can be a lag when it comes to reporting Covid-19 related fatalities, as there has been today, due to administrative procedures that have to be completed by NHS professionals.
These are deaths where the person had tested positive for the virus or where COVID-19 was mentioned on their death certificate. They do not include deaths in care homes or community settings
Total coronavirus deaths across Lancashire's five NHS hospital trusts as of Saturday, November 28
England's hospital death toll has risen by 289, with 52 fatalities across the North West.
Across England, 153 of the victims were aged 80 or older; 112 were 60 to 79; 22 were 40 to 59; and two were 20 to 39.
It comes as Boris Johnson has appointed a minister to take charge of the coronavirus vaccine rollout as his Government seeks to quell a backbench rebellion over the new tier system.
Downing Street said that Nadhim Zahawi – who is among Tory MPs critical of the new restrictions – had been made a health minister responsible for the deployment of the jabs.
Mr Zahawi, who is also a business minister, said he was “delighted” to be appointed to the role, vowing to ensure vaccines are rolled out quickly to save lives and livelihoods. He said on Friday that he was “extremely disappointed and sad” that Warwickshire, where he serves as MP for Stratford-on-Avon, will be moving into Tier 3.
It came as Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove warned that every hospital in England could be overwhelmed with coronavirus cases if new tier restrictions are not introduced. He urged MPs to “take responsibility for difficult decisions” to curb the spread of Covid-19, amid anger from some Conservatives that much of England will face stringent restrictions.
Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest Tier 1 controls, while large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3.
In total, 99% of England will enter Tier 2 or 3, with tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and a ban on households mixing indoors when the four-week national lockdown lifts on Wednesday.
Mr Gove, writing in The Times, said: “Covid-19 is no respecter of constituency boundaries and the hardships we are facing now are unfortunately necessary to protect every single one of us, no matter where we live.
“In any analysis of this government’s, or any government’s approach, the cost of lockdown and restrictions cannot be reckoned against the status quo ante, but only against the cost of inaction, or inadequate action, and the overwhelming of the NHS.”