This is why Sunderland has seen a higher number of deaths and cases of corornavirus than in some other parts of the North East, experts say.

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The city has experienced a higher level of cases and deaths compared to other parts of the Northeast.

There are 342 confirmed cases of the disease in Sunderland and 118 in South Tyneside according to the latest data from Public Health England.

Sunderland communities have been warned of the city’s legacy of underlying health issues, its number of smokers and people who eat too much unhealthy food and drink puts people at greater risk if they suffer of a coronavirus. Copyright: JPIMedia

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In Northumberland, there have been 52 deaths at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with 272 confirmed cases, at Gateshead there have been 28 deaths and 230 cases. The Newcastle Hospitals Trust has recorded 34 deaths from people who test positive for the coronavirus, while 432 cases have been confirmed in the city.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust has recorded 48 deaths related to the disease, Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 16 deaths and South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 69 deaths.

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