The number of new confirmed cases may be lower on a Sunday and a Monday, including the weekend.
But the drop comes after a week of rising numbers and infection rates, as all of Teesside has entered a ‘level two’ local lockdown.
The region avoided “level three” this week, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen saying cases were starting to “flatten”.
Here are the statistics for Sunday – including the total number of people who have tested positive since March and the new daily infections:
- Middlesbrough – 2542 (up to 50)
- Stockton – 3002 (up to 32)
- Redcar and Cleveland – 1735 (over 41)
- Hartlepool – 1680 (up to 16)
Level two local locking on Teesside
Of course, the actual number of infections in Teesside is likely much higher because the capacity for testing was very low in the first three months of the pandemic.
The figures above include those who are currently suffering from the disease, those who have passed away, and the many who have recovered.
New figures showing Teesside’s infection rate through October 16 show Hartlepool has climbed back above Stockton, with the highest in our region.
Across England, 14,704 new cases were recorded on Sunday.
Another 61 patients with covid-19 have died in hospitals across the country, but none were reported by the NHS on Sunday.
However, the way deaths are reported by the NHS means that sometimes deaths do not show up in official figures for more than 24 hours.