The worst-affected areas for Covid-19 in the North East as cases continue to spike

Cases of coronavirus in the North East remain at unprecedented levels as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly across our region.

Every part of the North East is now reporting a rate of more than 1,600 cases per 100,000 residents – the highest level currently shown by Public Health England’s data.

Worryingly, deaths and hospital admissions attributed to Covid-19 are also on the rise.

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According to the latest data, North Tyneside had the highest infection rate in the North East in the seven days up to January 3, with 2,506.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

However in the same period County Durham saw the highest number of confirmed cases, with 10,067 – a rise of 127.6 per cent on the previous seven days.

Covid-19 cases in the North East by council area

Covid cases are rising fast in the North East
Covid cases are rising fast in the North East
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*All figures are correct to January 3 2022 – the most recent data provided by Public Health England

Northumberland
6,798 cases confirmed, increase of 3,525 on previous week (107.7 per cent)
Case rate: 2,099.3 cases per 100,000 residents

County Durham
10,067 cases confirmed, increase of 5,641 on previous week (127.5 per cent)
Case rate: 1,888.2 cases per 100,000 residents

Sunderland
5,984 cases confirmed, up 3,599 on previous week (150.9 per cent)
Case rate: 2,153.7 cases per 100,000 residents

South Tyneside
3,248 cases confirmed, up 1,744 on previous week (116.8 per cent)
Case rate: 2,149.1 cases per 100,000 residents

North Tyneside
5,235 cases confirmed, up 2,798 on previous week (114.8 per cent)
Case rate: 2,506.3 cases per 100,000 residents

Newcastle Upon Tyne
5,896 cases confirmed, up 2,699 (84.4 per cent)
Case rate: 1,921.6 cases per 100,000 residents

Gateshead
4,414 cases confirmed, up 2,396 (118.7 per cent)
Case rate: 2,185.7 cases per 100,000 residents

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.

Eleven of these areas in the North East had case rates of more than 2,900 cases per 100,000 residents. They are:

  1. East Benton – 3,668.3
  2. Fulwell – 3,301.9
  3. Herrington and Doxford – 3289.8
  4. East Cramlington and Parkside – 3,235
  5. Ouston and Beamish – 3,163.1
  6. Battle Hill West – 3,003.3
  7. Low Fell East – 2,968.3
  8. Low Fell West – 2,966.5
  9. Simonside – 2,938.5
  10. Hall Farm – 2,910.5
  11. Blyth South – 2,910.1
A study found that people who catch Covid after being fully vaccinated could gain "super immunity"
11 areas in the North East had a case rate higher than 2,900 per 100,000
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On Friday, January 7 a further 331 patients were admitted to hospitals in the North East and Yorkshire for Covid-19. It means total of 2,612 people are now being treated for coronavirus in the region’s hospitals, with 90 of those on ventilation beds.

Two people in the North East were reported to have died on January 9 within 28 days of a test, bringing the total to 7,219.

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