A FURTHER 752 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the North-East and North Yorkshire today.

And there were 21 deaths recorded by hospital trusts in the region, including two in Newcastle, 16 in South Tyneside and Sunderland and three in York.

The Government said a further 316 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 70,752.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 87,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 30,501 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,288,345.

The figures published by NHS England today show a further 231 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 48,542.

Patients were aged between 30 and 103. All except five, aged between 36 and 85, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between December 9 and 26.

There were ten other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

In Wales, there were 4,142 new cases of coronavirus reported, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 139,642.

Public Health Wales recorded another 70 deaths, taking the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 3,368.

Officials said the data was for a 48-hour period from 9am on Christmas Eve to 9am on Boxing Day.

But the figures for deaths and cases are likely to be higher as Scotland is not releasing death data between December 24 and 28, and Northern Ireland is not providing either case or death data over the same period.

Here is the latest breakdown of cases in the region, by local authority area:

Darlington – 4,196 ­– an increase of 20

County Durham – 23,107– an increase of 129

Hartlepool – 5,033 – an increase of 48

Middlesbrough – 6,755 – an increase of 30

   Redcar and Cleveland – 5,267 – an increase of 29

Stockton – 9,101 – an increase of 50

North Yorkshire – 16,403 – an increase of 115

York – 6,668 – an increase of 54

Newcastle – 17,322 – an increase of 46

North Tyneside – 7,947 – an increase of 43

South Tyneside – 7,273 – an increase of 26

Sunderland – 12,851 – an increase of 36

Northumberland – 10,704 – an increase of 60

Gateshead – 8,929 – an increase of 66

Total: 752