A FURTHER 1,703 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the North-East and North Yorkshire in the last 24-hours.

There have been a total of 241 daily deaths within 28 days of positive test in the UK, bringing the total to 43,967.

Meanwhile a further 17 people were reported to have died with the virus at the region’s hospitals.

Three further patients died at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, while five people died at hospitals in Gateshead and four in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

A further three people died at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and two people at Newcastle hospitals.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust reported one death, as did Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Here is a breakdown of the latest confirmed cases in the region:

County Durham: 9,318, was 9,007  an increase of 311

Darlington: 1,514 was 1,448  an increase of 66

Gateshead: 3,725 was 3606  an increase of 119

Hartlepool: 1,782 was 1,717  an increase of 65

Middlesbrough: 2,700 was 2597  an increase of 103

Newcastle: 7,238 was 7,105  an increase of 133

North Tyneside: 3,073 was 3,011  an increase of 62

North Yorkshire: 6,134 was 5,970 an increase of 164

Northumberland: 4,321 was 4,228  an increase of 93

Redcar and Cleveland: 1,848 was 1,777  an increase of 71

South Tyneside: 3,039 was 2,971  an increase of 68

Stockton: 3,256 was 3,072 was an increase of 184

Sunderland: 5,812 was 5,649 was an increase of 163

York: 2,874 was 2,773 was  an increase of 101

Total daily increase in North-East and North Yorkshire: 1,703