THERE have been 1,588 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

The Government has announced a further 501 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the UK total to 53,775.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where the virus has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have happened in recent days, show there have now been 68,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.

As of 9am yesterday, there had been a further 22,915 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,453,256.

A further 346 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 37,470, NHS England said on Thursday.

Patients were aged between 35 and 102. All except nine, aged between 54 and 99, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 19 and November 18, with the majority being on or after November 16.

Coronavirus cases in the North-East and North Yorkshire as of Thursday, November 19: County Durham: 17,501 was 17,230; Darlington: 2,910 was 2,867; Gateshead: 7,140 was 7,039; Hartlepool: 3,484 was 3,440; Middlesbrough: 5,113 was 5,037; Newcastle upon Tyne: 14,692 was 14,529.

North Tyneside: 6,026 was 5,919; North Yorkshire: 12,035 was 11,809; Northumberland: 7,470 was 7,339; Redcar and Cleveland: 4,101 was 4,044; South Tyneside: 5,101 was 5,018; Stockton-on-Tees: 6,768 was 6,675; Sunderland: 10,158 was 10,036; and York: 5,345 was 5,291.