Three Lancashire hospitals trusts have confirmed new Covid deaths as the number of fatalities in the county tragically increases by 13.

It means the region's hospital death toll now stands at 3,356 since the start of the pandemic, the latest NHS figures show.

In the last 24 hours, six coronavirus-related deaths was recorded at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

One patient died on February 23, one on February 24 and one on February 25. Three patients sadly died on February 26.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which operates Preston and Chorley hospitals - also recorded six deaths.

One patient died February 22, three on February 24, one on February 25 and one on February 26.

University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust also recorded a fatality on February 26.

No further details have been released about the patients.

No further deaths were recorded at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust or Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in the latest update.

Each day the NHS in England publishes the number of deaths recorded by each hospital trust in the last 24-hour period.

These are cases where a patient has tested positive within 28 days of their death or where Covid-19 is mentioned on their death certificate.

NHS England's daily figures sometimes include previously uncounted deaths that took place several days - or even weeks ago.

They do not include deaths in care homes or community settings.

Total coronavirus deaths across Lancashire's five NHS hospital trusts as of Friday, February 26

The number of coronavirus hospital deaths in England has increased by 149.

Of these, 25 fatalities were confirmed in the North West. 

Yesterday, the number of coronavirus hospital deaths in England rose by 257.

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