One more coronavirus death has been confirmed today at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals, according to the latest figures from NHS England.
The patient died on April 28 at the trust, and this brings the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 111.
Lancashire has been one of the worst affected areas in the country when it comes to the number of coronavirus cases. As of yesterday (April 28), there were 3,315 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the red rose county. Of these, 2,634 have been reported in the area managed by Lancashire County Council, which includes the likes of Preston, Lancaster, Morecambe, Burnley, Clitheroe, Chorley, Accrington, and Leyland.
And the county council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, has said why the county has been so badly hit by the virus. He said it comes down to “underlying issues” from “pre-Covid times”, including poverty, lifestyle, and access to public services.
Dr Sakthi also said it is down to the sheer number of tests that may have been undertaken in the county to tackle coronavirus. And he suggested the numbers may also be high due to how strictly lockdown rules have not have been followed.