HERE is a round-up of some of the main coronavirus talking points from the last 24-hours alongside new case and deaths data.

  • Over 3,600 further coronavirus cases in North East and North Yorkshire since yesterday

There have been over 3,600 additional coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours across the North East and North Yorkshire.

According to figures published by the Government today, there have been a further 3,607 cases recorded since yesterday.

There were 213 daily deaths within 28 days of positive test.

Bringing the total to 61,648 with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

  • Matt Hancock and Number 10 not ruling out making Covid vaccination mandatory.

Downing Street insisted there were no plans to make vaccination mandatory but the Prime Minister’s official spokesman also declined to rule out making it compulsory. 

Asked if he would rule that out, Mr Hancock said: “I have learned not to rule things out during this pandemic because you have to watch what happens and you have to make judgments accordingly.” Read the full story.

He also refused to rule out extending the current England-wide lockdown past December 2 saying it was "too early" to say. He did, however, say one of the main goals now was to use the mass rapid testing roll-out to find those who are asymptomatic with the virus. Read more. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Moderna vaccine: US jab is '94.5 per cent effective'

British scientists have hailed the "tremendously exciting" news that a US coronavirus vaccine may prevent 94.5 per cent of people from getting Covid-19.

Interim data from the US firm Moderna suggests its vaccine is highly effective in preventing people getting ill and also works across all age groups, including the elderly.

The UK has not yet placed an order for the vaccine - which works in a similar way to Pfizer's - but a Whitehall source told the PA news agency the Government was "in advanced discussions" to procure it. Read the full story.

  • Visiting loved ones in care homes to be allowed by Christmas

All care homes will be able to allow visits before Christmas, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged, amid criticism of delays in introducing visitor testing.

Mr Hancock said rapid tests for visitors – currently being trialled in Devon and Cornwall – should allow rollout across England within weeks. Read more.

  • Durham's second Covid test centre to open, at County Hall

Durham's second coronavirus testing centre is set to open later this week.

The facility will be located in the car park at County Hall, at Aykley Heads, Durham, and will provide appointments seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Unlike mobile testing venues, which visit different sites across the county, the new centre will remain on site for at least three months.

The predominantly pedestrian site is being set up by the Department of Health and Social Care as part of its UK-wide drive to increase testing. Read more here.

  • Latest breakdown of Covid cases by each North-East postcode

Data from Public Health England has been used in an interactive map to show the latest seven days of Covid cases.

It shows how many cases have been reported within communities, by each postcode area, and where in the region has seen a higher than average rise in cases. Click here to explore the data.