Covid outbreak at Newcastle Novotel hotel ‘satisfactorily reducing’, new round of testing confirms

New testing has proven {that a} Covid outbreak at a Newcastle hotel is “satisfactorily decreasing”.

It emerged on Wednesday {that a} cluster of circumstances at the Novotel Newcastle Airport was the rationale that the town had recorded England’s second highest week-on-week rise in an infection charges within the seven days to April 2.

Public well being officers confirmed that 36 constructive checks had been recorded amongst staff, safety workers, and residents at the Ponteland Road hotel, which is at the moment getting used to offer lodging for asylum seekers.

Prof Eugene Milne, Newcastle’s public well being director, has now revealed {that a} additional round of testing occurred at the Kingston Park website on Wednesday and its outcomes have confirmed that the outbreak seems to be beneath management.

Airport Novotel at Kingston Park, Newcastle

Asked concerning the outbreak at a gathering of the town council’s well being scrutiny committee on Thursday afternoon, Prof Milne mentioned: “The hotel in query is one that’s being utilized by Mears as half of help for asylum seekers. I do not need to get into the main points of that.

“We have had two outbreak management staff conferences, there was vital work on the positioning and we’re cooperating with Mears, the Home Office, the police, and with Public Health England. It appears managed to me at the second, the numbers I’m seeing.

“We have had a cellular testing unit on website once more yesterday and the outcomes have come by way of at this time. It appears as if that’s satisfactorily decreasing now.”

In response to a query from Blakelaw councillor Oskar Avery, the general public well being chief added that the outbreak was unlikely to boost points for different motels as they reopen post-lockdown – however “does have implications for shared residential lodging that we’ll want to consider in phrases of outbreak management as we progress”.

In the week to April 2, Newcastle’s Covid an infection price jumped from 41.6 to 58.8 new weekly circumstances per 100,000 individuals in comparison with the earlier seven days.

But that rise has been solely attributed to the hotel outbreak, which noticed the Woolsington and Airport space document the best an infection price of any half of the North East, versus a extra widespread improve in circumstances throughout the town.

According to council knowledge launched on Thursday afternoon, the town’s an infection price is now again right down to 42 per 100,000.

That determine is barely above the typical of 31 per 100,00 throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham – in addition to the broader North East’s 35 and England’s 30.



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