Sunderland weekly coronavirus case rate falls but Prime Minister warns of local lockdowns as cases rise across North East
Sunderland’s coronavirus case rate has fallen, according to the latest data from Public Health England, but the threat of local lockdowns remains as Boris Johnson announces coronavirus numbers are ‘creeping up’ across the country.
The latest weekly Covid-19 case rates per 100,000 population by local authority area in England have been confirmed.
According to the latest data – released on Friday, July 31 – Sunderland’s case rate for the seven days to Monday, July 27, is now 1.08 – a decrease in the seven days prior when the case rate was at 2.88.
The figure combines both pillar one and pillar two testing.
Pillar one tests take place in a laboratory setting, while pillar two covers tests carried out in the wider community.
Despite the fall in Sunderland, elsewhere in the North East the case rate has increased, with Hartlepool’s case rate now at 10.72, up from 6.43.
And in South Tyneside the case rate is 2.66, up from 0.67.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson postponed the latest easing of lockdown restrictions for a fortnight as coronavirus numbers ‘creep up’ across the country.
In a press conference on Friday, July 31, Mr Johnson said progress was being made in the fight against the virus – but that the UK was ‘not exempt’ from a rise in cases as other countries begin to feel the impact of a potential second wave.
He told reporters: “I’ve also consistently warned that this virus could come back and that we would not hesitate to take swift and decisive action as required.”
Bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks are among the businesses affected by the postponed easing of restrictions.
Mr Johnson also announced that there has been an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England.
According to Mr Johnson, one in 1,500 people in the UK now have coronavirus, compared to one in 1,800 on July 15, and one in 2,000 on July 2.
Due to high case numbers, local lockdowns have been put in place across parts of Northern England following an announcement on July 30.
These are the latest Covid-19 case rates for the North East (July 20 and July 26) alongside the numbers for the previous weeks:
(Local authority area: week 30, week 29, week 28)
South Tyneside: 2.66 (0.67) (2.66)
North Tyneside: 2.43 (1.94) (2.43)
Stockton-on-Tees: 2.03 (1.52) (4.06)
Northumberland: 2.19 (1.56) (1.87)
County Durham: 2.28 (2.28) (2.65)
Gateshead: 1.48 (2.47) (3.46)
Sunderland: 1.08 (2.88) (2.52)
Darlington: 1.88 (3.75) (1.88)
Newcastle upon Tyne: 0.67 (3.66) (3.33)
Hartlepool: 10.72 (6.43) (3.22)
Middlesbrough: 4.27 (5.69) (2.13)