THERE have been 181 new positive coronavirus tests in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Nationally there were 3,402 positive tests recorded in the latest daily data published by the Government, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 4,353,668.

The Government said a further 52 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, bringing the UK total to 126,816. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Figures for cases and deaths on Friday do not include numbers from Wales, which is not reporting its data on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

A total of 30,507,732 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and April 1, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 534,408 on the previous day.

NHS England said 26,576,629 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 122,410 on the previous day, while 3,931,103 were a second dose, an increase of 411,998. In the North-East and Yorkshire there have been 4,163,381 first and 726,661 second doses administered.

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England is between 0.8 and 1, according to the latest Government figures, compared to a figure of between 0.7 and 0.9 for the whole of the UK last week.

Here is a breakdown of the confirmed cases across the region since the pandemic began: County Durham 37,611 was 37,590, Darlington:7,403 was 7,396, Gateshead: 13,649 was 13,642, Hartlepool: 8,787 was 8,783, Middlesbrough: 12,330 was 12,326, Newcastle:23,235 was 23,206, North Tyneside: 29,306 was 12,313, North Yorkshire: 29,306 was 29,279 , Redcar and Cleveland: 9,238 was 9,232 , South Tyneside: 11,273 was 11,267, Stockton: 15,704 was 15,690, Sunderland: 21,892 was 21,878, York: 12,205 was 12,201.