Latest figures published on Monday afternoon confirmed a total of 1,627 Covid-19 patients have died in the North-East and North Yorkshire, which is one of the lowest day-on-day increases that our region has seen since the outbreak began. 

Here is everything else you need to know about coronavirus from the past 24-hours. 

  • The easing of the lockdown came despite the alert level remaining at four - which the Government previously said would mean restrictions remaining in place.
  • Schools reopened across the country but Durham Council advised the county's schools to stay shut for an additional two weeks. The Lingfield Education Trust, which runs several schools including Mount Pleasant Primary School and Hurworth Primary School, said its schools would not open for another two weeks.
  • More than 200 travel and hospitality businesses have joined a campaign urging the Government to overturn its planned 14-day quarantine for arrivals into the UK.
  • Directors of public health warned they are "increasingly concerned" the Government is making the wrong judgment by easing lockdown restrictions far too quickly.
  • Dental leaders in expressed further concern about the opening of dental practices from next Monday, saying a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) could mean many remain shut.
  • New guidance issued to police forces across England said police can tell people to leave someone's home if they are breaching new lockdown rules but cannot make them go.
  • Gatherings of up to six people can now take place outdoors, for example in open spaces or in private gardens.
  • Laws which came into force on Monday banned people from staying overnight anywhere other than the place where they are living. Any indoor gatherings of two or more people are also prohibited unless they are members of the same household or fall under a short list of exceptions to the rule.