A MASSIVE increase in the number of people receiving treatment with the coronavirus has been recorded.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was caring for 175 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Tuesday

NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on January 11 was up from 96 on the same day the previous week.

The number of beds at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 increased more than eight-fold in the last four weeks – 28 days ago, there were 21.

Across England there were 16,939 people in hospital with Covid as of January 11, with 686 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally more than doubled in the last four weeks, however the number on mechanical ventilators has decreased by 14%.

The figures also show that 154 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in the week to January 9. This was up from 87 in the previous seven days.