Coronavirus cases have soared by 86% across the North East with Sunderland and South Tyneside recording a sharp infection rate rise, new figures have revealed.
Public Health England data shows the rate of Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people over the course of a week.
All seven authority areas in the region have recorded an increase to 8068 in the week leading to January 2 from 4343 in the previous seven days.
South Tyneside has the highest infection rate with 795 cases recorded in the seven days to January 2, a rate of 526.6 cases per 100,000 people – climbing from 355 cases the week before (235.1 per 100,00).
Sunderland has seen the biggest leap with cases more than doubling to 1428, 514.2 per 100,000, from 600 the previous week (216.1 per 100,000).
County Durham has also recorded one of the highest infection rates in the region with 480.1 per 100,000 and the most cases at 2545.
Cases in Northumberland also continue to climb, up to 1175 cases, 364.4 per 100,000, from 672 in the week leading to December 26 (208.4 per 100,000). The figures are compiled on tests carried out in laboratories and the wider community.
The figures come as GP surgeries in England are to begin administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine with the UK facing a race to protect the population after the daily reported death toll topped 1,000.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 309 (98%) have seen a rise in case rates and six (2%) have seen a fall.
Barking & Dagenham in London continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,380 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 2 – the equivalent of 1,587.6 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 1,057.7 in the seven days to December 26.
Thurrock in Essex has the second highest rate, up from 1,266.5 to 1,512.0, with 2,636 new cases.
Redbridge in London is in third place, where the rate has increased from 1,134.6 to 1,475.0 with 4,502 new cases.
Newcastle had the lowest rate of cases in the North East over the period recorded, but the area’s infection rate per 100,000 still rose from 141.3 (428 cases) to 235.5 (713 cases).
Here is the full list of infection rates in the North East, compared to the previous week.
The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on January 6 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 2; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 26.
South Tyneside 526.6 (795 cases) – rising from 235.1 (355 cases) the week before
Sunderland 514.2 (1428 cases) – rising from 216.1 (600 cases) the week before
County Durham 480.1 (2545 cases) – rising from 262.2 (1390 cases) the week before
Gateshead 431.1 (871 cases) – rising from 267.3 (540 cases) the week before
Northumberland 364.4 (1175 cases) – rising from 208.4 (672 cases) the week before
North Tyneside 260.2 (541 cases) – rising from 172.2 (358 cases) the week before
Newcastle upon Tyne 235.5 (713 cases) – rising from 141.3 (428 cases) the week before