There have been almost 54,000 reports of people from Lancashire contacting the NHS with coronavirus-related symptoms, new figures have revealed.

Across the red rose county, some 53,974 assessments have taken place where residents have either conducted an online assessment with the NHS or contacted the emergency service on 111 or 999.

The assessments have taken place in the two weeks from March 18 and were released by NHS Digital for the first time today (April 1).

The area with the most reported symptoms is covered by the NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which includes Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

Across this area more than 11,000 calls or online assessments for symptoms were made in the last two weeks.

The data is based on potential Covid-19 symptoms reported by members of the public to the NHS and is not based on outcomes of tests for coronavirus.

The NHS is also keen to stress that these figures is not a count of people. Instead, they indicate the total number of assessments.

This could include the same person calling 111 or 999 and then also conducting an online assessment on the NHS website.

An NHS spokesperson explained: "In 111 online, any user that starts and launches the Covid-19 assessment services is indicating they may have symptoms of coronavirus.

"They may have accessed the service multiple times with different symptoms. For NHS Pathways, it is a count of triages through NHS 111 or 999."

Here is a full breakdown of reports for each area of Lancashire from March 18 to April 1:

Preston

The NHS Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 23 GP practices who care for around 213,000 patients.

A total of 8,743 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 937 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Lancaster and Morecambe

The NHS Morecambe Bay CCG launched in April 2017, merging Lancashire North CCG with the South Cumbria area.

It is made up of 35 practices, who care for around 352,000 patients

A total of 8,743 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 937 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Blackpool

Across the NHS Blackpool CCG , A total of 4,003 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 520 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale

The NHS East Lancashire CCG is made up of 50 GP practices, who care for almost 388,000 patients.

A total of 9,952 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 1,313 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Blackburn

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG is made up of 25 GP practices located within the borough boundaries.

A total of 4,309 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 594 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Chorley and South Ribble

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG is made up of 30 GP practices, who care for more than 186,000 patients.

A total of 4,943 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 490 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Fylde and Wyre

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG is made up of 19 GP practices, who care for almost 179,000 patients.

A total of 4,414 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 469 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Coronavirus COVID-19 swabs from patients are kept in a plastic sealed tub as lab technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in the microbiology laboratory inside the Specialist Virology Centre at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

West Lancashire

NHS West Lancashire CCG is made up of 15 practices, who care for around 114,100 patients.

A total of 3,085 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 304 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.

Southport

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG together 19 is made up of doctor’s surgeries covering an area stretching from Ince Blundell in the south to Churchtown in the north.

A total of 2,696 online assessments for coronavirus have taken place.

Some 281 have also taken place over the phone via 111 or 999.