THE number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the North-East and North Yorkshire has increased significantly in just four days.

Since Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region has sharply risen to 165 according to Public Health England.

Newcastle, Sunderland and County Durham have seen the highest number of known cases - while there are now 24 cases in North Yorkshire.

It comes as the number of confirmed UK cases stands at 6,650.

As of 9am on Tuesday (March 23) the number of cases reported by each affected local authority: 


- 42 


- 13

County Durham

- 14 


- 3 


- 3 

Redcar & Cleveland

- 3 


- 12 

South Tyneside 

- 6 


- 3 


- 10 

North Yorkshire

- 24 


- 10 

Latest government advice on coronavirus

Last night the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures across the UK as he warned social distance measures were not being taken seriously. 

Under new guidance, those in Britain are only permitted to leave home for: shopping for basic essentials, one form of exercise per day, any medical needs, care for a vulnerable person and to travel to and from work - if absolutely necessary.