Coronavirus cases on the rise in all but one North East area

The number of coronavirus cases has increased in all but one North East local authority.

Government data shows cases rose in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland in the seven days up to May 31.

Sunderland was the only area that saw Covid cases decrease by 2.2% in the same seven day period.

Northumberland saw cases jump by 128.6%, with 48 new cases recorded in the area.

It was followed by South Tyneside which saw cases increase by 70.8% up to 41, while North Tyneside saw cases rise by 63.7% up to 149 cases.

The area has the highest number of cases in the region as the authority sees more cases of the Indian variant which has now been renamed as the Delta variant by the World Health Organisation.

It comes as North Tyneside public health director Wendy Burke warned residents not to become complacent as the virus spreads.

She said: “We have seen a gradual increase in case numbers in recent days and a few more cases of the Delta variant.

“This increase has not led to an increase in hospitalisations or deaths.

“Confirmed cases of the variant now stand at 77, with all individuals self-isolating and their close contacts traced.

“It’s not surprising to me that case numbers have risen as we have been doing additional testing and we are picking up positive cases that we might not have otherwise found.”

Ms Burke said that the majority of new cases are among young people.

She continued: “Most of these cases are among young people and we are not seeing a rise in older people, the majority having been vaccinated.

“Identifying additional cases, particularly those individuals who do not have symptoms is an important part of our plan to prevent further transmission.”

The figures are taken from the UK Government’s Covid-19 map, with the figures correct for the week ending May 31. Infection rates are based on the number of cases, per week, for every 100,000 residents)

North Tyneside 71.7 (149 cases, up 63.7%)

Newcastle 46.2 (140 cases, up 12.9%)

Gateshead 35.1 (71 cases, up 65.1%)

South Tyneside 27.2 (41 cases, up 70.8%)

Sunderland 15.8 (44 cases, down 2.2%)

County Durham 12.5 (66 cases, up 15.8%)

Northumberland 14.9 (48 cases, up 128.6%)

Chronicle Live – Sunderland