Middlesbrough currently has the highest rate of new cases in England – although it is down sharply week-over-week, from 1,421.5 cases per 100,000 population to 695.8. The biggest drop was recorded by Redcar and Cleveland, which are down from 1,520.2 to 668.6.
With areas to offer increased support by the government to cope with its case rates, Mr Adams told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘The rates tended to start right after the football final of the year. ‘Euro – our highest three days was three to five days after this final, so I think our momentum kinda picked up and this event just supercharged him to the unfortunate position that we are in. we have found ourselves.
“But what we’ve seen over the last week is that our rates have more than halved, and so even though everyone’s rates are going down as well, our rates seem to be going down very quickly.
“So I think areas like Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and places you’ve seen in the northwest and further north in the northeast, are more susceptible to Covid because of the types of jobs that the people do, with the inability to work from home – Middlesbrough was cited in the ONS survey as being in the last 10 areas where people can work from home. “
Mr Adams said his team is reaching out to people who have yet to come forward for their first vaccine to encourage them.