The ten worst affected areas in the North East as Covid cases spike sharply

Cases of Covid-19 have spiked sharply in the North East as the UK contends with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Several council areas in the region have seen cases more than double following the Christmas period, according to official figures.

According to Public Health England’s most recent data, 1,10,159 people across the UK tested positive for Covid-19 between December 27 and January 2, an increase of 43.1 per cent on the previous seven days.

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A lab technician holds a Healgen Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test. Cases of Covid-19 have risen sharply in the North East
Cases of Covid-19 have risen sharply in the North East
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PHE’s data for local authority areas currently only goes up to December 28, but even by then the North East had seen significant rises across each council area.

North Tyneside had the highest rate of cases in the North East, with 1,317.6 cases per 100,000 residents. The area saw 2,752 cases in the seven days up to December 28, an increase of 102.7 per cent on the previous week.

County Durham saw the highest number of cases confirmed with 5,079, an increase of 83.4 per cent. The county’s case rate stands at 952.6.

Covid cases by local authority up to December 28

Northumberland
3,706 cases, up 1,890 (104.1 per cent)
Rate: 1,144.5 per 100,000

Newcastle Upon Tyne
3,527 cases, up 1,401 (65.9 per cent)
Rate: 1,149.5 per 100,000

North Tyneside
2,752 cases, up 1,394 (102.7 per cent)
Rate: 1,317.6 per 100,000

Gateshead
2,387 cases, up 1,325 (124.8 per cent)
Rate: 1,182 per 100,000

South Tyneside
1,747 cases, up 979 (127.5 per cent)
Rate: 1,155.9 per 100,000

Sunderland
2,832 cases, up 1,594 (128.8 per cent)
Rate: 1,019.3 per 100,000

County Durham
5,079 cases, up 2,309 (83.4 per cent)
Rate: 952.6 cases per 100,000

A coronavirus testing centre in North Shields
PCR appointments were not available to book in the North East on January 1, 2022
(Image: NCJ Media)

Public Health England’s data breaks down the country into small areas nown as Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) – areas with a population of at least 5,000 people.

Ten of these areas in the North East had case rates of more than 1,600 cases per 100,000 residents. They are:

  • East Cramlington and Parkside – 1,875.2 (171 cases)

  • North Gosforth – 1,776.3 (181 cases)

  • Wallsend East – 1,726.7 (129 cases)

  • Whitley Sands – 1,705.9 (103 cases)
  • Hexham and Acomb – 1,687.5 (220 cases)
  • Ponteland – 1,688.8 (117 cases)
  • Kingston Park and Dinngton – 1,685 (233 cases)
  • Blyth Newsham – 1,672 (146 cases)
  • Springwell and Usworth – 1,643 (95 cases)
  • Killingwort h West and Camperdown – 1,624.1 (108 cases)

The latest figures show that 336 patients were admitted to hospitals in the North East and Yorkshire on New Year’s Eve, while on January 2 the number of Covid-19 patients currently in hospital in the region stood at 1,354.

Two people died in the North East on Sunday within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

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