The decline in Covid-19 cases in the North East has "flattened", according to latest coronavirus data.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, head of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) was speaking about the current impact lockdown has had on rates across the country.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there had been “very strong reductions everywhere”, although in the North East and East of England the decline had “flattened off, potentially”, unlike in the South West and South East which have continued with a decline.

The UK’s national statistician also said the current lockdown had been a “success” but the country was “still not out of the woods.”

He added: “I think this lockdown has been a success but at the same time, while we have seen major reductions, we are still relatively high.

“I’m in very much the view that we should do everything we can not to blow it nationally.

“We have done fantastically well in the last couple of months but we are not completely out of the woods yet.”

He also said that it was “very difficult” to work out the difference between the lockdown impact and the effect the vaccine was having, but it was clear both were working in reducing the numbers.

In a press conference on Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that deaths from coronavirus have fallen by 41 per cent in the course of a week, while hospital admissions have seen their fastest ever fall.

He said UK deaths are continuing to drop as the vaccination programme is rolled out across the country.

During the Downing Street briefing, he also revealed that more than four out of ten of all adults in the UK have now received a coronavirus vaccine.

New research also confirmed that even one jab provides protection against becoming seriously ill.