And new figures released this afternoon (April 4) revealed that Lancashire alone accounted for more than a third of the daily increase, with 124 new cases in Red Rose County.
There are now 744 in Lancashire with a coronavirus; 642 in the area controlled by the Lancashire County Council, 50 in Blackpool and 52 in Blackburn with Darwen.
And the limited tests for those with symptoms of coronavirus mean that the actual number of cases would be considerably higher.
Elsewhere in the North West, there are 629 confirmed cases in Cumbria, 172 in Sefton, 387 in Liverpool, 147 on Wirral, 110 in Knowsley, 148 in St Helens, 116 in Wigan, 61 in Halton, 97 in Warrington, 109 in Bolton, 104 in Bury, 191 in Salford, 173 in Trafford, 252 in Manchester, 193 in Stockport, 129 in Tameside, 152 in Oldham and 127 in Rochdale.
The new total of 4,093 cases increased from 3,743 yesterday.
Nationally, the number of deaths has risen to 4,313 after the deaths of 708 other people with coronavirus.
Figures and data are 24 hours late, which means the numbers are correct at 5:00 p.m. yesterday (April 3).
It just so happens that three other people with coronaviruses lost their lives at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, she announced today, bringing the total to 13.
In Blackpool, seven other people with coronavirus died, bringing the total to 15.
And four people with the virus died in places managed by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, bringing the total to 17.
A top scientist warned against characterizing the current government-imposed lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 as a compromise between the rights of old and young.
Dr. Rupert Beale, of the cell biology of infections laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute, issued the warning following comments by a pandemic model designer describing the situation as “harming children to protect the vulnerable.”
Professor Graham Medley, one of the scientists advising the government, told The Times that the closure was only time-saving and that there was no clear strategy for getting out of the Covid-19 crisis.
“This disease is so nasty that we had to eradicate it completely. Then we painted ourselves a bit in a corner, because then the question will be, what do we do now? “, He said.
“We will have made three weeks of this lockdown, so there is a big decision to come on April 13. In general terms will we continue to harm children to protect the vulnerable, or not? “
But Dr Beale warned that it would be “profoundly unnecessary” to think that closing the city would prioritize the health of the elderly over the freedoms of children and young people.
“It would be profoundly useless to qualify this crisis of competition between young and old,” he said.
“It is clear that the social distancing measures introduced by the government are absolutely necessary.
“If the NHS is exceeded, we will not be able to provide effective care, including for children.”