A FURTHER three people have died after testing positive for the coronavirus at the Royal Bolton Hospital, the latest figures have revealed.

In the last 48 hours, the number of deaths reported to NHS England from within the hospital has jumped from 209 to 212.

The deaths are among 116 new deaths announced by Public Health England today, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 to 26,235.

The figures do not include people who died in care homes, the community or in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Across the North West as a whole, the total death toll stands at 4,100.