The number of people in Merseyside who have died after testing positive for coronavirus has shot up as national figures soar.
Having previously recording zero Covid-19 deaths, the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust has registered five deaths in the last 24 hours.
The Trust covers Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital - it is not clear at which hospitals the deaths occurred.
Wirral has suffered again, with a further three deaths registered at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust, which covers Arrowe park and Clatterbridge hospitals.
That takes the number of covid-19 deaths to 14 on the peninsular alone.
The St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital Trust - which covers St Helens and Whiston Hospitals - has today doubled its death count to six.
Again it is not clear which of the hospitals the deaths have occurred at.
Slightly further afield and the latest update has another single death recorded by the Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Trust.
The latest figures have not added to the number of deaths in Liverpool - which officially stands at just one at present.
Today Mayor Joe Anderson said he believes the total in the city will unfortunately be much higher.
He said: "I take the figures coming in with a pinch of salt to be honest, we've been told of 7 deaths in Liverpool but I think that will be much higher, how can we really know?"
"There is a real issue with testing. I have had several reports of people dying who haven't been tested for coronavirus but had symptoms, I don't trust the official figures and I don't think we are getting the full facts.
"I think it is an insult to people's intelligence that just one person has died in Liverpool, sadly that number will be much higher in reality, but we may never know because of the lack of testing."
The local figures come after the UK registered by far its biggest rise in deaths so far in the crisis.
A shocking further 563 people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus.
The number of deaths from those testing positive for Covid-19 across the country now stands at a harrowing 2,352 - and seems to only be getting worse.