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Trebling of Covid rates sees town top our table; more than 1,100 people found to have virus in a week.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON Reporter ian.johnsons01@reachplc.com @IANJOHNSONCHRON

SOUTH Tyneside is the North East's new Covid hotspot - after infections therealmost trebled in a week.

Cases rocketed by 171.6% in South Tyneside.

It pushes the area ahead of Newcastle, which for days had been the most infected part of England.

According to the latest Government data, Tamworth is now the English place with the highest rates of infection. The Staffordshire market town has nudged ahead of Newcastle, with new cases there linked to fans watching Euro 2020 matches in pubs.

Almost 1,000 school children are also self-isolating in Tamworth, which has an infection rate of 777.1 That's only marginally higher than South Tyneside's rate (766.3), with 1,157 people testing positive last week. Comparatively, in the week ending May 21, South Tyneside had just 19 cases - meaning infections have gone up since then by 5,989% And in the area's two main current hotspots - Brockley Whins and Biddick Hill - more than one in every 100 residents tested positive last week.

Nationally, there were more than 32,000 Covid cases announced on Wednesday - the highest daily rate since January, when Britain was in the midst of the second wave.

The Government also confirmed a further 33 deaths, a figure that is slowly creeping up but still nowhere near the levels experienced before the vaccine drive.

Below are the latest infection rates for the North East, showing the number of cases for every 100,000 residents.

The data, taken from the UK Government's Covid dashboard, is for the week ending July 2.

|Newcastle: 726.2 (2,199 total cases, an increase of 64%) |Northumberland: 371.9 (1,119 total cases, an increase of 85.9%) |North Tyneside: 602.2 (1,252 total cases, an increase of 43.1%) |Gateshead: 674.6 (1,363 total cases, an increase of 114.6%) |Sunderland: 642.4 (1,784 total cases, an increase of 120.5%) |South Tyneside: 766.3 (1,157 total cases, an increase of 171.6% |County Durham: 599 (3,175 total cases, an increase of 62.1%)

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Author:IAN JOHNSON Reporter ian.johnsons01@reachplc.com @IANJOHNSONCHRON
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jul 9, 2021
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