CORONAVIRUS cases in the Tyne Valley have fallen slightly, but the district remains the worst affected part of Northumberland over the past seven days.

The overall county infection rate has also fallen, with 773 cases confirmed across Northumberland in the seven days to January 9 - a rate of 241.4 cases per 100,000 residents.

The Haltwhistle ward continues to top the cases list, but the 45 cases recorded is down by four on yesterday's figure.

Coronavirus cases by council ward January 2 - January 9: Hexham Constituency

Haltwhistle - 45

Hexham Central with Acomb - 34

Hexham East - 22

South Tynedale - 20

Humshaugh - 19

Hexham West - 18

Prudhoe South - 17

Prudhoe North - 17

Corbridge - 15

Haydon and Hadrian - 12

Ponteland North - 11

Bywell - 11

Bellingham - 11

Ponteland West - 7

Ponteland South with Heddon - 5

According to Public Health England, there have now been 12,756 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northumberland since the start of the pandemic.

As of January 5, 98 patients were being treated at Northumbria Healthcare hospitals for coronavirus, with 15 patients on ventilation. 

NHS England's latest figures revealed no new deaths from the virus were recorded at the trust's hospitals yesterday. The death toll remains at 468.

Nationally, an additonal 54,940 cases of coronavirus were confirmed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 3,072,349.

The UK's death toll increased by 563 to 81,431.