Coronavirus cases are at the lowest level in most of the North East in five months as the impact of the third lockdown takes hold.
Currently, infection rates in Newcastle (113.6), Northumberland (112.6), South Tyneside (145.1) and County Durham (146.4) are at rates last witnessed in September – before even the second national lockdown was announced.
The figures come after Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of what he hoped would be the final lockdown.
Come June, nightclubs could reopen and fans allowed back in football grounds.
And Government figures, published on Monday, show Covid-19 cases have hit rock bottom in 13 different North East postcodes.
According to the Government’s Covid-19 map, the virus is now suppressed in those areas. That means there were no more than two cases in the past week – and potentially none.
However, while the virus is disappearing quickly in some parts of the region, infections are still rising elsewhere.
Cases in North Tynesde (156.8) increased by 1.6 per cent over the past seven days.
The region’s current infection rate of 156.8 is only slightly less than it was two months ago at Christmas (165).
These are the postcodes where the virus is currently suppressed.
(The information is taken from the UK Government’s Covid-19 data map, and is correct for the week ending February 17. Infection rates are based on the number of cases per every 100,000 residents)
- Rothbury and Longframlington
- Seaton Delaval and Seghill
- Battle Hill West
- South Gosforth
- West Boldon
- Low Fell East
- Low Fell West
- Easedale Gardens
- Gilesgate and Old Durham
- Newton Aycliffe South
- Upper Teesdale