"Please support social distancing measures", that's the message from Hartlepool health staff, after a further spike in coronavirus cases in the area.

Staff from the University Hospital of Hartlepool created a video encouraging the local community to continue to follow the two-metre rule to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The renewed appeal follows a letter signed by staff, calling on the town to continue to support measures, saying: “Now is not the time to be complacent. We know we can count on you to continue to support us.”

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366

COVID-19 cases in Hartlepool

238

recorded deaths in the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust area

You can check the number of cases in your area with our interactive map.

Staff across the South Tees NHS Trust released messages to the public:

I’m encouraging people in Hartlepool to maintain the social distancing rule.

Carol Stewart, duty clinical practitioner

We’re asking you remain two metres apart. Look after yourself and your unborn baby – we just don’t know enough about this virus.

Hayley Henderson, specialist lead midwife

I’m working in the care homes in Hartlepool looking after our most vulnerable, frail and elderly patients.

Occupational therapist Rachel Burnham

Our vulnerable patients have had a very anxious time. They’ve had tests, investigations and sometimes treatments postponed.

Amanda McNeany, lung cancer nurse specialist

On Thursday 4 June, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the wearing of face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from June 15.

Travellers could be fined or refused permission to board buses or trains if they refuse to comply with the order.

It follows weeks of deliberation following advice from Sage which said there is limited evidence to suggest face coverings "offer some, albeit limited protection" against the spread of the virus.

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