Three more patients with coronavirus have died at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, NHS bosses have confirmed.

An 81-year-old man and two women, aged 82 and 88, were being treated for Covid-19 and died from the virus.

All had underlying health conditions and died in the past few days.

A total of 10 patients have died at Royal Lancaster Infirmary after contracting the virus .

Aaron Cummins, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We can confirm that, sadly, a further six patients have died who tested positive for COVID19 while being treated at hospitals in the Trust.

“They were men aged 76 and 85 and a woman aged 84 who died at Furness General Hospital, and women aged 82 and 88 and a man aged 81 who died at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

"All had underlying health conditions and died in the past few days.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients’ family and loved ones and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

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Coronavirus in Lancashire

Another 563 people have died after contracting Covid-19, taking the UK total to 2,352.

It is the highest day-on-day rise since the outbreak began and the total is 31% higher than yesterday (March 31).

It took 17 days for the number in the UK to pass 200, and has taken a further 11 days to pass 2,000.

The number of people tested in the UK for coronavirus has passed 150,000. The total by 9am on April 1 was 152,979.

On average around 8,000 new people were tested a day in the seven days up to April 1. In the previous seven days the daily average was around 5,800.

The total number of confirmed cases in the UK stands at 29,474, as of 9am on April 1.

A week ago, on March 25, the total was 9,529.