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North East now recording highest rate of infections.

Byline: IAN JONES Repoerter

THE North East has overtaken the North West to become the region of England recording the highest rate of Covid-19 cases, with figures nearing those seen at the peak of the second wave of the virus.

A total of 346.4 cases per 100,000 people were recorded for the North East in the seven days to June 27, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England (PHE).

This is up sharply week on week from 175.3, and is the highest rate for the region since the seven days to January 10.

Rates peaked in the North East at 452.9 in the week to January 3.

Three North East areas are among the five in England with the biggest week-on-week rises in case rates.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside stand third, fourth and fifth respectively in the list.

The latest Public Health England data shows that of the 315 local areas in England, 302 (96%) have seen a rise in rates, while just 11 (3%) have seen a fall and two are unchanged.

Nationally, 27,989 new Covid cases were reported yesterday, the highest daily tally since January 29, with 22 deaths.

The North West now has the second highest regional rate, with 325.3 cases per 100,000 people - up week on week from 244.3.

In eastern England, which has the lowest rate, the number has increased from 47.7 to 87.8.

The figures reflect the impact of the third wave of Covid-19 cases, which is continuing to spread across the country and is being driven by the Delta variant of the virus, which was first identified in India.

Case rates among all age groups are also rising, PHE said.

The highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 424.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 27, up week on week from 274.0.

This is also the age group to see the biggest week-on-week increase. The second highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, up from 220.7 to 369.4.

For people aged 60 and over, the rate is 27.2, up slightly from 17.6.

The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths has "remained stable", however.

The hospital admission rate for Covid-19 in the week to June 27 stood at at 1.91 per 100,000 people, compared with 1.92 per 100,000 in the previous week.

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Author:IAN JONES Repoerter
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 2, 2021
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