Coronavirus cases in the North East are still on the rise despite four areas seeing their figures decline, new data has revealed.
Three of the seven authority areas in the region have recorded a slight increase with a 1.3% rise in overall cases to 161 in the week leading to August 21 from 159 in the previous seven days.
Newcastle still has the highest infection rate in the North East with 42 cases recorded in the seven days to August 21, a rate of 13.9 cases per 100,000 people – declining from 45 cases the week before (14.9 per 100,00).
South Tyneside has seen the biggest leap with cases doubling to 14, 9.3 per 100,000, from seven the previous week (4.6 per 100,000).
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Cases in County Durham also continue to climb, up to 44 cases, 8.3 per 100,000, from 34 in the week leading to August 14 (6.4 per 100,000). The figures are compiled on tests carried out in laboratories and the wider community.
According to the latest statistics, the region’s rate of infection remains low compared to some of the worst-hit areas of the country.
In Oldham, 144 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 21 – the equivalent of 60.7 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate in England, but it is down from 95.3 in the seven days to August 14.
The rate in Pendle is 55.4, down from 87.9, with 51 new cases.
Blackburn with Darwen is third, where the rate has fallen from 88.2 to 51.4, with 77 new cases.
In Leicester the rate continues to fall, down from 58.4 to 46.9, with 166 new cases.
Three other areas have rates above 40 per 100,000: Manchester (42.7), Bradford (42.2) and Swindon (40.1).
North Tyneside had the lowest rate of cases in the North East over the period recorded, with the area’s infection rate per 100,000 declining from 8.2 (17 cases) to just 4.3 (nine cases).
Cases also dropped in Sunderland from 24 in the seven days to August 14, a rate of 8.6 cases per 100,000 people, to 16 in the week leading to August 21 (5.8 per 100,000).
Here is the full list of infection rates in the North East, compared to the previous week.
The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on August 24 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 21; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 14.
Newcastle upon Tyne 13.9 (42 cases) – declining from 14.9 (45 cases) the week before
South Tyneside 9.3 (14 cases) – rising from 4.6 (7 cases) the week before
County Durham 8.3 (44 cases) – rising from 6.4 (34 cases) the week before
Northumberland 7.4 (24 cases) – rising from 5.9 (19 cases) the week before
Sunderland 5.8 (16 cases) – declining from 8.6 (24 cases) the week before
Gateshead 4.9 (10 cases) – declining from 7.4 (15 cases) the week before
North Tyneside 4.3 (9 cases) – declining from 8.2 (17 cases) the week before