Coronavirus: NE confirms first death

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed its first death from the virus.

Grace Dean
17th March 2020
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The North East has confirmed its first coronavirus-related death as the national death toll has risen to 55.

Of the 1543 people diagnosed with the virus, according to the latest Department of Health figures, eleven are residents of Newcastle and one of the 55 deaths across the UK has been reported in the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust area.

The Sage in Gateshead has announced that it will remain closed until further notice and The Theatre Royal has cancelled all shows until 12 April. Durham Cathedral, like York Minster, has additionally suspended public worship until further notice, with all public events there being cancelled for three months.

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AUTHOR: Grace Dean
Editor-in-Chief of the Courier 2019/20, News Editor 2018/19, writer since 2016 and German & Business graduate. I've written for all of our sections, but particularly enjoy writing breaking news and data-based investigative pieces. Best known in the office for making tea and blasting out James Blunt. Twitter: @graceldean

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