The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Lancashire has exceeded the 150 mark.

New cases were revealed yesterday by Public Health England, with Lancashire's total standing at 157.

A further 39 cases have been reported in the area managed by Lancashire County Council bringing their total from 102 yesterday to 141.

Blackburn with Darwen has one new case bringing the total to seven, and Blackpool's cases have also increased by one bringing the total number there to nine..

As of 9am yesterday, as many as 113,777 had been tested for COVID-19 with 14,579 patients confirmed positive.

Another 181 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 759 - the Department for Health said.

Of the latest recorded deaths 679 were in England.

There have been three deaths confirmed at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, two at hospitals managed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and one at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Yesterday both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive for the disease.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove took on the daily press conference, saying that coronavirus tests for NHS frontline staff will be trialled this weekend ahead of a wider roll-out to help those given the all-clear from the disease to return to work.

Mr Gove said the Government was working in a “new alliance” with universities, businesses and researchers to boost testing capacity.

Commenting on the testing plans on Friday, Mr Gove said: “This will be antigen testing – testing whether people currently have the disease – so that our health and social care workers can have security in the knowledge that they are safe to return to work if their test is negative.

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“These tests will be trialled for people on the front line starting immediately, with hundreds to take place by the end of the weekend – dramatically scaling up next week.”

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said the tests would initially be focused on those working in intensive care, A&E, GP practices and staff running ambulance services.