People benefiting from their final little bit of freedom could possibly be behind a spike in coronavirus cases across the North East, in line with a Gateshead well being boss.
The area has seen coronavirus case numbers rise considerably during the first two weeks of the second nationwide lockdown, a development blamed on folks flocking to outlets and bars in the days earlier than the shutdown started.
Health chiefs say that they’re having to cope with “quickly rising” numbers of Covid-19 and that the development is more likely to proceed for a while.
South Tyneside has seen the largest leap with cases leaping 74% from 359 in the seven days to October 30 to 625 in the week ending November 14.
County Durham recorded the highest variety of cases in the North East and has seen a rise of 41% over the interval recorded, whereas Newcastle has seen figures escalate by 57%.
Alice Wiseman, Gateshead’s director of public well being, mentioned that there are early indicators of recent cases levelling off this week.
She mentioned: “We did see a rise in coronavirus cases in the two weeks following lockdown, though the case information in Gateshead is exhibiting indicators of levelling off this week.
“It continues to be too early for us to see the full impression of the lockdown, nevertheless, we did see a rise in every day exercise after the announcement of the lockdown earlier than it got here into pressure and we consider that this had an impression on the variety of cases.”
But she urged the public to proceed doing their bit to maintain the an infection charge down, which might in the end be the key to escaping the present lockdown.
She added: “We had been the solely area of the nation that managed to realize a decline in coronavirus cases once we had been in Tier 2 and we are able to try this once more.
“If all of us pull collectively over the subsequent two weeks and do all the pieces that we are able to to get the charge of an infection down then we shall be in a stronger place when the nationwide lockdown ends.
“Every single sacrifice an individual makes provides up. We know it is exhausting however I attraction to the neighborhood of the North East to do all the pieces they will to assist deliver infections down.
“Stay at house as a lot as attainable, maintain social distancing, put on a masks when out and wash your arms continuously.”
Eugene Milne, Newcastle’s director of public well being, beforehand warned the metropolis can be positioned beneath the hardest native Covid restrictions as soon as England’s second nationwide lockdown ends.