A FURTHER five people have died in hospitals across the region after testing positive for coronavirus.

It comes as nationally a further 62 people died after testing positive for the virus, the figure yesterday was 77.

A spokesperson for NHS England said: "A further 62 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,175."

The total number of patient deaths recorded by each trust - as of 2pm on Thursday, June 18:

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust - 247 was 246 

Gateshead Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust –  134 no change

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – 199 no change

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – 138 was 137

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 251 was 250

South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust – 324 no change

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 116 was 115 

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 213 no change

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust - 79 was 78 

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (mental health) –  7 no change 

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (mental health) – 7 no change

Total: 1,715 was 1,710 the day before