No new coronavirus deaths reported today at Morecambe Bay hospitals, NHS England figures show

Latest figures show that there were no new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19 recorded at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 2:39 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 2:48 pm
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Today, Friday May 15, is the third day this week that no new deaths have been recorded across the trust.

There have been three deaths recorded in the last seven days - the lowest weekly figure for Morecambe's trust since the outbreak began in the UK.

There have now been a total of 157 deaths recorded at hospitals across Morecambe Bay.

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The trust said this week it has so far discharged 296 people after they were treated for Covid-19 across its hospitals - 28 people in the last week alone.

The majority of people who contract the disease do not need hospital treatment.

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 - although WGH is being kept as a Covid-free site.

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.