Cases soared 171.6% in South Tyneside, the region’s fastest increase.
He is pushing the region past Newcastle, which for days was the most infected part of England.
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According to the latest government data, that title has now been claimed by Tamworth.
The borough of Staffordshire edged out Newcastle, with new cases linked to fans watching Euro 2020 matches in pubs.
Nearly 1,000 schoolchildren are also self-isolating in Tamworth, which currently has an infection rate of 777.1
This is only slightly higher than South Tyneside, where 1,157 people tested positive last week.
Comparatively, in the week ending May 21, South Tyneside only had 19 cases, meaning infections have since increased by 5,989%
And in the region’s two main current hot spots – Brockley Whins and Biddick Hill – more than one in 100 residents tested positive last week.
Nationwide, more than 32,000 cases of Covid were announced on Wednesday – the highest daily rate since January, when Britain was in the midst of wave two.
The government has also confirmed 33 more deaths, a figure that is slowly increasing but still far from levels recorded before the vaccination campaign.
Here are the latest infection rates for the Northeast:
(Infection rates are the number of cases per 100,000 population. The data, taken from the UK government’s Covid dashboard, is correct for the week ending July 2.
Newcastle – 726.2 (2,199 total cases, an increase of 64%)
Northumberland – 371.9 (1,119 total cases, an increase of 85.9%)
North Tyneside – 602.2 (1,252 total cases, an increase of 43.1%)
Gateshead – 674.6 (1,363 total cases, an increase of 114.6%)
Sunderland – 642.4 (1,784 total cases, an increase of 120.5%)
South Tyneside – 766.3 (1,157 total cases, an increase of 171.6%)
County Durham – 599 (3,175 total cases, an increase of 62.1%)
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