EIGHT new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the latest 24 hour period in Northumberland.

The total number of cases in the county since the start of the pandemic, last March, now stands at 17,597.

No further covid-19-related deaths have been reported at Northumbria NHS Trust hospitals.

The death toll remains at 729.

Northumberland County Council ward data had not yet been updated at the time of writing.

Coronavirus restrictions will continue to ease on Monday (May 17).