A total of 828 people with coronavirus have now died in Lancashire's hospitals.

As of this afternoon (May 23), eight new deaths have been recorded in the county, with six people losing their life under the care of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Three people died yesterday (May 22), one person died on Wednesday, May 20, and two people died on Tuesday, May 19.

A total of 191 people have now died at the trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital.

Two more people have died at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, bringing its death toll to 168. They died on Thursday, May 21.

No new deaths have been announced by East Lancashire hospitals, Southport and Ormskirk hospitals, or the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay.

Their death tolls remain at 177, 133, and 159 respectively.

The figures which are released each day often include previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.

Across the North West, 3,938 with the virus have now died.

And across England, 157 new deaths of people with Covid-19 have been announced, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,545.

Of the 157 new deaths announced, 30 occurred on May 22, 81 occurred on May 21, and 19 occurred on May 20.

Looking at England's death toll, 13,507 (53%) have been people aged 80 and over, while 9,814 (38%) were aged 60-79.

Dominic Cummings has said he “behaved reasonably and legally” when he travelled from his London home to County Durham during the lockdown.

Opposition MPs have accused Number 10 of a “cover-up” and called for the Prime Minister’s top aide to resign after it emerged that he had driven 250 miles despite the guidelines on travelling.

But Mr Cummings told reporters: “I behaved reasonably and legally.”

When a reporter suggested to him outside his London home that the trip to Durham did not look good, he replied: “Who cares about good looks.?

“It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

His comments follow a statement from Downing Street, in which Number 10 said the actions of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser were in line with guidelines, and reports that his family were spoken to by police were incorrect.

The Government’s guidance on circumstances in which a person may leave their home stated:

-For work, where you cannot work at home.

-Going to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine.

-To exercise or spend time outdoors.

-Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid illness or injury, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person.

No mention was made of childcare in the published guidance.