EAST Lancashire Hospitals Trust has hit a grim milestone of 800 Covid-19 deaths after recording a further 28 deaths today.

The news comes as the country records 1,610 deaths - the highest number of daily deaths since the start of the pandemic.

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust reported nine deaths on January 15, five on January 16, 11 on January 17 and three on January 18.

In total, 47 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in the county as the country has seen a record high 1,610 deaths, bringing the UK total to 91,470.

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust have reported two deaths, one on December 4 and one on December 8.

Lancashire Teaching Hospital have recorded a further six Covid-19 deaths - four on January 16, one on December 9 and one on December 14, 2020.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals reported seven Covid-19 related deaths two on January 15, one on January 16, two on January 17 and 2 on January 18.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust also recorded Covid-19 related deaths in todays figures, with the hospital trust having seen four deaths - three on January 17 and one on January 18.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 108,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 33,355 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,466,849.