THERE have been a further 539 positive tests for Covid-19 in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 8,489 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, bringing the total to 4,134,639.

The Government also said a further 548 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 121,305.

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 141,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

There were 372 deaths in hospitals in England, the NHS said.

These included two in County Durham and Darlington, one in Harrogate, one in North Tees and Hartlepool, nine at Northumbria Healthcare, two at South Tees, one at South Tyneside, two at Newcastle Hospital and three at York Teaching Hospital.

Here is a breakdown of cases in the North-East and North Yorkshire:

County Durham: 35,552 was 35,459, an increase of 93

Darlington: 6,801 was 6,773, an increase of 28

Gateshead: 13,016 was 12,983, an increase of 33

Hartlepool: 8,246 was 8,219, an increase of 27

Middlesbrough: 11,638 was 11,612, an increase of 26

Newcastle: 22,154 was 22,113, an increase of 41

North Tyneside: 11,506 was 11,470, an increase of 36

Northumberland: 16,277 was 16,237, an increase of 40

North Yorkshire: 27,809 was 27,756, an increase of 53

Redcar and Cleveland: 8,771 was 8,757, an increase of 14

South Tyneside: 10,686 was 10,661, an increase of 25

Stockton: 14,540 was 14,510, an increase of 30

Sunderland: 20,701 was 20,626, an increase of 75

York: 11,767 was 11,749, an increase of 18

Total increase: 539