The Sadness Of Easter 2020

236 people have now died after being diagnosed by coronavirus in hospital trusts managed in Lancashire.

Despite the heroic work of our NHS staff

This is an increase on 38 from yesterday’s figure, although the new confirmed deaths happened between March 29 and April 10.

Of those 236 deaths 88 were at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust, which runs Royal Lancaster Infirmary, 41 were at Southport and Ormskirk, 39 were Blackpool, 38 were at East Lancashire and 30 were at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which runs Royal Preston Hospital. The figures are broken down by hospital trust rather than individual hospital.

Hopes that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September should be treated with “cautious optimism”, scientists have said. If one is ready by autumn, it would likely only be available in very limited numbers for priority recipients, with a mass roll-out even early next year considered “an incredibly good and fast result”, experts added.

The reaction comes after a claim by an Oxford professor that she is “80%” confident of the success of a vaccine she and her colleagues are working on.

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