Sunderland records lowest number of covid cases in a week since August
Latest Government data shows that Covid-19 cases across Wearside recorded in the seven days up to April 11 were the lowest since August.
Across Wearside, only 75 Covid-19 cases were recorded in the seven days leading up to April 11 according to the latest data available from the Government.
It means that this is the lowest amount of cases reported over a seven day period in Sunderland since the end of August last year.
The data shows that Wearside had a seven-day case average of 10.7, with the latest data for the last few days still incomplete according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
It highlights the effect that the third national lockdown has had on driving the number of cases down, as in comparison to December 30 when 298 cases were recorded in Sunderland – the highest amount in a single day throughout the whole pandemic.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that more Covid-19 infections and deaths across the country are “inevitable” as lockdown restrictions continue to ease in England as part of the Government’s road map.
Speaking from Downing Street on Tuesday, April 13, Mr Johnson commented: “As we unlock, the result will inevitably be that we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths.
“People have just got to understand that.”
The warning comes just a day after non-essential retail, hairdressers, gyms and beer gardens were permitted to open in England – with many businesses across the city having been closed since late last year.
Ahead of the reopening on April 12 Sunderland City Council's director of public health, Gerry Taylor urged people to remain cautious.
She said: "This latest step forwards is positive news for us all - and brings us ever closer to normality. But it’s important that as lockdown measures ease, we continue to move forwards together cautiously.
"I would advise if shops or venues you’re visiting are busy and you’re unable to socially distance effectively, you return at a later time or date."
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