THERE have been no further coronavirus patient deaths in hospitals in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Latest figures published this afternoon confirm the region’s hospital death toll has stayed the same.

However, a further person who tested positive for coronavirus has died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,377, NHS England said. It is understood the person was being treated in a hospital in the West Yorkshire area.

The Government has said 46,511 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Thursday, up by 98 from the day before.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 56,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Friday, there had been a further 871 lab-confirmed cases. Overall, a total of 309,005 cases have been confirmed.

Public Health Wales said a further seven people have died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,578. The number of cases in Wales increased by 17, bringing the total confirmed to 17,406.