EAST Lancashire Hospitals Trust has recorded a further five Covid-19 related deaths - one of the lowest deaths tolls reported in the county's hospital trusts in today's figures (January 22).

The trust, which operates Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital, has today reported one more death on January 19, 3 further deaths on January 20 and one death yesterday (January 21).

In total, 827 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported by East Lancashire Hospitals Trust since March.

Meanwhile, in the rest of the county, 19 more Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in todays NHS data.

In Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, five more deaths were recorded, one on Tuesday (January 19), three on Monday (January 18) and one on Sunday (January 17).

In University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, a further seven Covid-19 related fatalities were reported - two of which occurred yesterday (January 21st), four on January 20 and another on January 19.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals also saw seven deaths reported in todays figures, three of which occurred on Wednesday (January 20), one on January 17, one on January 16 and two on January 14.

Meanwhile, cases in East Lancashire have increased by 474, with all but one area reporting at least 50 new cases of the virus.

In Blackburn with Darwen, 128 positive tests were reported today, taking the boroughs total number of cases to 14,935.

Burnley has reported 93 more cases, taking their total number of cases to 8,589, while Pendle saw just four less, with 89 new cases of the virus reported, taking their total number to 8,305.

Hyndburn has now reported a total of 6,472 after 78 more people tested positive in todays figures. Meanwhile in Rossendale, another 50 cases were discovered, taking the total number of infection in the borough to 5164.

The lowest number of cases reported today was in the Ribble Valley where a further 36 cases of Covid-19 were discovered, taking their total number to 3,761.

The total number of cases recorded in East Lancashire now stands at 47,226 since the start of the pandemic in March.