66 more coronavirus deaths in North East hospitals as England total rises by 740

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Sixty-six more people have died in North East hospitals after contracting coronavirus.

NHS England announced on Thursday that 740 more patients with Covid-19 had died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported hospital deaths in the country to 12,396.

The figures show that 151 occurred on April 15, 314 on April 14 and 122 on April 13, while 143 took place between April 1 and April 12.

The remaining 10 deaths were in March, with the earliest on March 9.

Thursday’s figure for the North East is 52 more than the number announced on Wednesday.

South Tees reported the highest number of deaths with 16, while there were 12 in South Tyneside and 10 in Northumbria.

North East hospital deaths by NHS trust

County Durham and Darlington – 8

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear – 1

Gateshead – 9

Northumbria – 10

South Tyneside and Sunderland – 12

Newcastle – 3

North Tees and Hartlepool – 7

South Tees – 16

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys – 0

Nationally, the death rate for men with coronavirus was twice as high as that of women in England and Wales in March, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death in 3,372 deaths in March: the equivalent of 69 per 100,000 people.

It accounted for 7% of all deaths in England and Wales that month – 9% of all deaths for males and 6% for females.

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Meanwhile, the Government is expected to announce on Thursday that lockdown restrictions will be extended for a further three weeks.

It came after Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged more support for the care sector, including an expansion of testing and more protective equipment.

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