Sunderland’s worst-hit coronavirus areas have been revealed as the council warns the city is at a “tipping point.”
In Houghton West, there were 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while Houghton Town had 23 cases in the week ending September 4.
Cases in Sunderland have more than doubled in a week and in the past week alone the number of cases rose by 364% to 36.1 cases per 100,000.
While the rise is partially linked to a 300-person charity football event on August 30 at Burnside Working Men’s Club, which lies on the border of Sunderland and Durham, there has also been a rise in cases across the city.
The outbreak caused several businesses and schools to close their doors in a bid to reduce the chance of transmission.
In a joint statement, councillors Graeme Miller and Patrick Melia said it’s a “real possibility” that Sunderland could follow suit of other parts of the country which have restrictions in place.
They said in a statement: “Today we are calling on everyone in Sunderland to do their bit in the battle against Covid following a sharp rise in the number of cases across our city.
“We really are at tipping point following the dramatic rise in the number of people testing positive for Covid over the last week, with cases more than doubling in the last seven days.
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“Although many of these have been linked with a charity football event on our border with Durham at the end of August, we are seeing more and more cases right across Sunderland, so we are asking each and every one of our residents to do the right thing to help us prevent the further spread of this virus across our city.
“We have all seen what has happened in other areas of the country which have seen a sharp spike in the number cases – including in our neighbouring authorities – and there is a very real possibility of the same thing happening here. So it is vital that we all work together if we are to contain this and prevent the further spread of the virus.”
These are the areas of Sunderland with the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in the week ending September 4:
Houghton West- 29 cases
Houghton Town- 23 cases
Shiney Row- Seven cases
Newbottle & Penshaw- Six cases
Hetton-le-Hole South- Four cases
- Hylton Red House and Marley Pots- Three cases
- Springwell and Usworth- Three cases
Columbia, Barmston and Teal Farm- Three cases
Harraton, Rickleton and Fatfield- Three cases