Largest daily rise in Covid-19 Teesside cases until Middlesbrough enters local lockdown

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Teesside saw its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases the day Middlesbrough and Hartlepool saw local lockdowns take effect.Another 186 cases were confirmed by Public Health England on Saturday evening, bringing Teesside’s total to 5,261.

Restrictions to curb the spread of the virus have gone into effect in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool – but Stockton, as well as Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland, are unaffected.

Middlesbrough saw the biggest rise on Saturday and again topped Stockton as the area with the highest cases, after its neighbor advanced a day earlier.

Redcar and Cleveland also became the fourth Teesside Council area to record more than 1,000 cases.

Teesside Live reported on Friday that it only took 11 days for the total to drop from 4,000 to 5,000.

It took from early July to September 20 to go from 3,000 to 4,000.

The last breakdown is as follows:

  • Middlesbrough 1591 (up to 64)
  • Stockton 1584 (up to 49)
  • Redcar and Cleveland 1030 (up to 32)
  • Hartlepool 1056 (up to 41)

The past two weeks have seen a sharp increase in the daily number of cases, which topped 100 – the highest since the start of the pandemic – on several occasions.

The previous highest daily increase was 126.

But in terms of testing, it is likely that many more cases would have been detected in March and April, if testing capacity had not been limited to those admitted to hospital.

Public Health England also said on Saturday that the total reported over the next few days will include some additional cases from the period September 24 to October 1, increasing the number of reported cases.

Since then, screening capacity has increased and those with symptoms can be tested – although some have struggled in recent weeks to book one locally.

But the availability of more tests has not led to this increase in cases, as local and national leaders have repeatedly confirmed that the proportion of people tested is increasing from levels seen in July and August.

Another person was confirmed to have died on Thursday after testing positive for the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalized patients with covidial-related deaths in Teesside to 404, according to NHS figures.

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