Three new coronavirus deaths announced today within Morecambe Bay health trust

Three further people have died from coronavirus at a hospital run by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 2:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 2:25 pm
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The way deaths are announced nationally has now changed, and as a result only trust-wide figures are being released by NHS England.

The trust includes the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Three were recorded on Tuesday, April 21, bringing the total across the trust to 131.

There is a delay in reporting the figures which means that each death is not reported by the NHS on the following day.

The statistics include patients who died in hospital - but not other places, such as care homes.

As of Friday April 3 - the most recent date that individual hospital data was available - 18 people were known to have died at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary who had tested positive for Covid-19.

As of today, 192 people had been discharged from one of the trust's hospitals following treatment for coronavirus.