THERE were an additional 315 coronavirus cases in the North East and North Yorkshire in the last 24-hours.

Government data up to March 19 shows that of the 28,985,958 jabs given in the UK so far, 26,853,407 were first doses – a rise of 589,675 on the previous day.

Some 2,132,551 were second doses, an increase of 121,481, meaning that there a total of 711,156 jabs given on Friday.

The Government said a further 96 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 126,122.

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 148,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 5,587 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,291,271.

A further 71 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 85,730, NHS England said on Saturday.

Patients were aged between 41 and 99 and all except two, aged 46 and 62, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between September 22 and March 19.

There were 24 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Here is a breakdown of the number of confirmed Covid cases recorded across the region:

County Durham: 37,084 was 37,029

Darlington: 7,261 was 7,254

Gateshead: 13,489 was 13,474

Hartlepool: 8,648 was 8,627 

Middlesbrough: 12,205 was 12,192

Newcastle: 22,948 was 22,930

North Tyneside: 12,132 was 12,115

North Yorkshire: 28,864 was 28,828

Northumberland: 17,042 was 17,006

Redcar and Cleveland: 9,136 was 9,129

South Tyneside: 11,166 was 11,142

Stockton-on-Tees: 15,335 was 15,308

Sunderland: 21,608 was 21,577

York: 12,107 was 12,099

Total increase: 315