THERE have been 1,589 further cases of Covid-19 in the last 24-hours in the North East and North Yorkshire, government figures revealed this afternoon (Saturday).

This compares to 2,015 further cases yesterday (Friday).

Nationally, there were 59,937 further cases in the last 24-hours with a positive test result.

This brings the total to 3,017,409 people testing positive for coronavirus.

The three million figure has been passed just three weeks after cases passed the two million mark on December 19.

The one million lab-confirmed case mark was previously reached on October 31, although the Government did not start mass testing until last May, meaning many earlier cases will have been missed and the true number of total cases since the start of the outbreak will be higher.

There were 1,035 further deaths, within 28-days of getting a positive coronavirus test result, in the last 24-hours.

This brings the total number of deaths to 80,868.

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 95,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases in our region since the start of the pandemic:

Darlington: 5,030 was 4,978

County Durham: 27,485 was 27,231

Hartlepool: 6,375 was 6,276

Middlesbrough: 8,055 was 7,994

Redcar and Cleveland: 6,200 was 6,134

Stockton: 10,677 was 10,566

North Yorkshire: 20,876 was 20,560

York: 8,901 was 8,725

Newcastle: 18,671 was 18,595

North Tyneside: 8,907 was 8,850

South Tyneside: 8,570 was 8,510

Sunderland: 15,308 was 15,202

Northumberland: 12,625 was 12,547

Gateshead: 10,419 was 10,342

Total: 168,099.