There are more than 350 coronavirus patients being treated in Liverpool's stretched hospitals, the ECHO understands.

NHS staff are working under enormous pressure in the Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals as more and more patients arrive having contracted the potentially deadly disease.

Yesterday saw Liverpool's overall death toll for patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 reach a harrowing 104.

In reality, the city's deaths figure will be much higher when factoring in those who have sadly died in Liverpool's care homes, who never made it to hospital.

Sadly, with hundreds more now receiving treatment for the virus in hospital, that figure will grow in the coming days and weeks.

The numbers have led Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to make a rallying plea to the people of the city to do their bit to ease the pressure on exhausted NHS staff by staying at home over the long Easter weekend.

Mayor Anderson said: "My heart goes out to everyone affected by this virus and to all those NHS staff in our city's hospitals who are working in incredibly difficult circumstances and putting themselves at risk to try and protect others.

Mayor Joe Anderson

"These numbers we are now looking at show us just how incredibly serious this situation is - and I'm afraid it is only going to get worse."

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Speaking about those who are still not observing social distancing rules despite the clear guidance in place, Mayor Anderson added: "I just think it is the most selfish thing you can do.

"We have hospitals in this city being overwhelmed and more than 100 people sadly losing their lives - if that doesn't get the message across to you then I don't know what will.

"We are fighting a war against an enemy we don't know and we cannot see - we desperately need everyone to be on our side."