Eighteen more people have died in the North East after contracting coronavirus.
A total of 582 deaths were reported by NHS England on Tuesday afternoon, taking the total number of Covid-19 -related fatalities in the country to 52,395.
Of those, 67 occurred on January 4, 210 were confirmed on January 3 and a further 94 were recorded on January 2.
The figures also revealed 131 of the new deaths occurred in December and the remaining four deaths took place in November, with the earliest on November 5.
NHS England confirmed the latest victims were aged between 29 and 103 – including 25 with no underlying health conditions.
In the North East, there were six deaths reported by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the highest in the region, while there were three further deaths announced by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
Latest North East deaths by NHS trust
County Durham and Darlington – 3
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear – 0
Gateshead – 2
Northumbria – 6
South Tyneside and Sunderland – 0
Newcastle – 1
North Tees and Hartlepool – 3
South Tees – 3
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys – 0
The figures come after England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the country faced a “really serious emergency” as he urged people to adhere to the new England-wide lockdown measures, stressing that a “collective effort” was needed to bring cases down.
New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested 1.1 million people in private households in England had Covid-19 between December 27 and January 2 – equivalent to 2.06% of the population, or one in 50 people.
The UK’s coronavirus death toll rose by 830 on Tuesday, with a record 60,916 new cases in just 24 hours.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he had “no choice” but to plunge England into a third national lockdown in light of the figures, with the number of people in hospital with the virus in England higher than ever.
The latest data from NHS England showed there were 26,467 Covid-19 patients in hospital as of 8am on January 5 – a week-on-week increase of 21%.