A book of condolence has opened online to remember all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Council hopes the book will be a reminder that behind the statistics are people’s friends and family members whose “memories should be shared and their stories told”.

The latest coronavirus figures show that Middlesbrough has recorded 950 confirmed cases and there have been more than 200 recorded deaths at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Council is now proposing that the town pay tribute to those residents who have lost their lives to the virus.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “The Covid-19 has been a tragic and horrendous time of sacrifice for all and deep loss for those personally affected.

“While we are now working to restart the town and make sure the effects of this dreadful, dreadful virus are battled, we must not forget that so many people have been taken from us.

“Those people should be celebrated and remembered – not as a victim of the Coronavirus but as loved and important members of our community.

“Their memories should be shared and their stories told.”

The book of condolence can be accessed online and signed here: https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/condolences