A FURTHER four people have died in the North-East and North Yorkshire after testing positive for coronavirus.

Figures published on Tuesday afternoon confirmed three NHS Trusts in the region had recorded new Covid-19 deaths.

It comes as yesterday, the region marked the first time it had recorded no new deaths since the outbreak began in March.

A spokesperson for NHS England said: "A further 46 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,384.

"Patients were aged between 51 and 97 years old.   Two of the patients (aged 84 and 87) had no known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed."

The total number of patient deaths recorded by each trust - as of 5pm on Monday, June 22:

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust - 247 no change

Gateshead Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust –  135 was 134 

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – 200 was 199 

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – 139 no change

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 253 was 251 

South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust – 325 no change

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 116 no change

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 214 no change

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust - 80 no change

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (mental health) –  7 no change 

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (mental health) – 7 no change

Total: 1,723 was 1,719 the day before