Official Government figures published on 24th November 2020 show the borough has recorded more than 100 deaths due to the virus (that is, where Covid-19 was recorded on the death certificate, as opposed to the more commonly quoted figure of deaths within 28 days of a positive test).
Burnley Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: "Every one of those deaths is a personal tragedy. It means families across our borough have lost someone very special to them. It doesn't matter what age they were or how healthy or unhealthy they'd been; every one of those people was close to some else's heart. My sympathy goes out to everyone involved.
"This is a grim milestone and we must all do everything we can to keep this death toll down as low as possible. We all have to follow Government guidelines to the letter to make sure we keep ourselves and each other safe and alive, and help protect our wonderful NHS staff who are fighting against rising numbers of hospital admissions.
"We don't want the number of people killed by this virus to keep on rising and rising. We all have a part to play in making sure that doesn't happen."
The figures show a surge in Covid-19 deaths in April, followed by very low numbers over the summer, before another steady rise from the beginning of October.