THERE have been 188 new lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Nationally the Government said that, as of 9am this morning (Saturday, April 3), there had been a further 3,423 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,357,091.

The Government also said a further ten people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 126,826.

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.

Numbers for cases and deaths over Easter will be affected by incomplete data plus a longer than usual lag in reporting.

Government data up to April 2 shows that of the 36,631,187 jabs given in the UK so far, 31,425,682 were first doses – a rise of 124,415 on the previous day.

Some 5,205,505 were second doses, an increase of 256,870.

In the North-East and Yorkshire 4,177,546 first and 752,887 second doses (4,930,433) have been administered.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’ve reached another milestone in our vaccination programme with over five million people now having had their second jab.

“I urge everyone to take up their second dose as soon as they are offered it.”

Here is a breakdown of the confirmed cases across the region since the pandemic began: County Durham 37,634 was 37,611, Darlington: 7,415 was 7,403, Gateshead: 13,658 was 13,649, Hartlepool: 8,798 was 8,787, Middlesbrough: 12,341 was 12,330, Newcastle: 23,261 was 23,235, North Tyneside: 12,342 was 29,306, North Yorkshire: 29,333 was 29,306, Redcar and Cleveland: 9,244 was 9,238, South Tyneside: 11,280 was 11,273, Stockton: 15,718 was 15,704, Sunderland: 21,909 was 21,892, York: 12,211 was 12,205.