THERE were a further 270 cases of coronavirus in the North East and North Yorkshire in the last 24-hours.

The Government said a further 17 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of today (Monday) – the lowest daily figure since September 28.

It brings the UK total to 126,172.

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 149,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 5,342 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,301,925.

Government data up to March 21 shows that of the 30,279,360 jabs given in the UK so far, 27,997,976 were first doses – a rise of 367,006 on the previous day.

Some 2,281,384 were second doses, an increase of 52,612.

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

County Durham: 37,175 was 37,122

Darlington: 7,290 was 7,277

Gateshead: 13,516 was 13,499

Hartlepool: 8,671 was 8,659

Middlesbrough: 12,225 was 12,216

Newcastle: 22,974 was 22,964

North Tyneside: 12,159 was 12,149

North Yorkshire: 28,946 was 28,902

Northumberland: 17,079 was 17,066

Redcar and Cleveland: 9,158 was 9,144

South Tyneside: 11,189 was 11,180

Stockton-on-Tees: 15,399 was 15,374

Sunderland: 21,665 was 21,636

York: 12,128 was 12,116

Total increase: 270