FOUR more deaths and 264 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Northumberland in the last 24 hours, official figures show. 

A total of 38,721 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Northumberland when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on October 13 (Wednesday), up from 38,457 on Tuesday.

The rate of infection in Northumberland now stands at 11,958 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 12,441.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 41,446 over the period, to 8,272,883.

There were also four more coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Northumberland.

The dashboard shows 758 people had died in the area by October 13 (Wednesday) – up from 754 on Tuesday.

It means there have been six deaths in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.

They were among 6,641 deaths recorded across the North East.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Northumberland.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

The figures also show that four in five people in Northumberland have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 240,054 people had received both jabs by October 12 (Tuesday) – 81% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 78% of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

Unlike at the local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.