LATEST figures published by Public Health England show there have been 1,009 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northumberland.

The news comes after the county experienced a significant increase in cases on Sunday, where 68 cases of Covid-19 were recorded.

A total of 191 patients have died from the virus at Northumbria Healthcare Trust hospitals, according to NHS England.

The nationwide daily death toll fell to its lowest level since the lockdown was imposed on Sunday, with 111 deaths recorded.

On Monday, the Government eased lockdown measures to allow schools and non-essential businesses to reopen.

The easing of the lockdown came despite the alert level remaining at four - which the Government previously said would mean restrictions remaining in place.

Directors of public health warned they are "increasingly concerned" the Government is making the wrong judgment by easing lockdown restrictions far too quickly.

New guidance issued to police forces across England said police can tell people to leave someone's home if they are breaching new lockdown rules but cannot make them go.

Gatherings of up to six people can now take place outdoors, for example in open spaces or in private gardens.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms in the UK can be tested by visiting a testing centre or asking for a home test kit.