10,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Stoke-on-Trent

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Stoke-on-Trent has now hit 10,000.

The Potteries hit the unwanted total when Public Health England published its latest data this afternoon.

It reveals there have been 125 new cases in the past 24 hours – to take the total number of cases to 10,075.

But that figure is likely to be higher with many people carrying the virus without realising they have it.

The city’s first positive case was confirmed back on March 18 as schools had already started to partially close and The Regent Theatre had been shutdown.

But Stoke-on-Trent has experienced three waves of coronavirus since then and the figure has now hit five-figures.

Now Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones – Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s director of adult social care – is urging people not to mix households.

He says there have been 892 cases in the past week – to e a seven-day coronavirus infection rate of 347.9 per 100,000 population.

He said: “We are still treading water or flat lining and we need to try to drive these numbers down. We are still in the top 10 nationally. Please don’t mix households.”

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Here are the confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of December 6:

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