Here are the key coronavirus updates from the last 24-hours. 

  • A further 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 28,889, NHS England said. Patients were aged between 54 and 94 years old and all had known underlying health conditions. 
  • No deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the North-East and North Yorkshire at the weekend. Latest figures published yesterday afternoon confirmed there had not been any deaths recorded at any of the eleven NHS trusts for the region.
  • The Department of Health and Social Care said 44,220 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday - up by 22 from 44,198 the previous day. The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,000. The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Sunday, there were 516 positive results. Overall, a total of 285,416 cases have been confirmed.
  • In celebration of the NHS’s 72nd anniversary the region stood on their doorsteps to clap and cheer in support of care workers. At 5pm yesterday, people lined their thresholds to clap, while others beeped car horns and banged pans to show their appreciation.

The Northern Echo:

  • Sir Simon Stevens told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that the NHS was preparing for a second wave of Covid-19. He said: "It is entirely possible there will be. Particularly if it is co-existent with the flu. And the risk is many of the symptoms are interchangeable. So one of the things we need is a very rigorous NHS testing and tracing service available. The ability to give early warnings to hospitals where there are those local increases and I think we are going to need the biggest-ever flu immunisation season we have ever had. We don't know yet whether there will be a Covid-19 vaccine available in time for winter."
  • On Saturday as pubs and bars reopened Cleveland Police received 40 separate reports of disorder at licensed premises. Six people were arrested in connection with offences including being drunk and disorderly. Three men were issued with dispersal notices in Middlesbrough town centre, meaning that they cannot return to the area for 24 hours otherwise they are in breach of the order and could be arrested. Officers also dispersed over 200 people at an illegal rave in a wooded area in Eston.
  • Public Health Wales said one more person has died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths there to 1,531. The total number of positive tests has increased in Wales by 15 to 15,890.