Newcastle sees number of coronavirus cases increase over one week

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Newcastle has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, new figures have revealed. Data from Public Health England shows the rate of Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people over the course of a week.

Covid-19 infection rates remain low in the northeast, with Newcastle being the only region of authority in the region to record an increase from 3.3 in seven days through July 11 to 4.0 in seven days until July 18.

Five other local authorities in the northeast have seen a drop in the infection rate following the easing of new lockdown measures. The numbers are compiled from tests performed in laboratories and in the community at large.

According to the latest statistics, the region’s infection rate is low compared to some of the worst affected regions in the country.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate rose from 47.7 in seven days as of July 11 to 78.6 the following week, with 117 new cases recorded.

Leicester are second on the list, but the city’s local lockdown appears to have impacted its infection rate after falling drastically from 125.6 to 73.8.

However, 262 new cases were still registered in the seven days leading up to July 18. It was 132.3 in the seven days leading up to June 30.

South Tyneside had the lowest case rate in the recorded period, with the county’s infection rate per 100,000 population dropping from 2.7 to just 0.7, among the lowest rates in the country.

Here is the full list of infection rates in the Northeast, compared to the previous week.

The list is based on figures from Public Health England updated July 21 on the government’s online coronavirus dashboard.

Newcastle upon Tyne 4.0 – against 3.3 the previous week

Gateshead 2.5 – down 3.5 from the previous week

Sunderland 2.5 – unchanged from the previous week

County Durham 2.1 – drop from 3.0 in the previous week

Northumberland 1.6 – down from 2.2 the previous week

North Tyneside 1.0 – down from 2.4 the previous week

South Tyneside 0.7 – down from 2.7 the previous week

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