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North-East Covid Cases Rise By 40 Per Cent

The North-East has seen a 40 per cent rise in covid cases during the past week according to Government figures.

And while County Durham has seen an increase from the previous week of 22.1 per cent, registering 2,971 cases, the highest surge has been seen in Newcastle recording a rise of more than 62 per cent or 2,321 cases.

Over in Sunderland the UK Health Security Agency has revealed a case rise of 53 per cent, while figures recorded on South Tyneside show an increase of 50.6 per cent. The data in Northumberland reveals a case rise of more than 29 per cent, with Gateshead standing at 37.9 per cent.

Compared to the previous week this amounted to a rise in cases from 9,255 to 12,937. It all means the area is far from out of the woods yet following on from the announcement no new restrictions would be coming in before the start of the New Year.

Up to Christmas eve there were more than 3,000 cases of omicron and it’s thought the figure could be much higher once new data is released, though the booster campaign continues at pace.

In terms of this Chief Executive Jenny Harries told the BBC: The UKHSA’s findings are “preliminary”, and data around Omicron’s impact on the elderly is still needed.

The UKHSA estimates that someone with Omicron is between 31per cent and 45 per cent less likely to attend A&E and 50 per cent and to 70 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital than an individual with the Delta variant.

Health Secretary Sajid Javed told the media: “We won’t be taking any further measures, of course people should remain cautious as we approach new year celebrations and take a lateral flow test if that makes sense, celebrate outdoors if you can, have some ventilation indoors if you can.

“Please remain cautious and when we get into the new year of course we will see then if we do need to take any further measures but nothing more until then, at least.”

Asian Standard has learned the governments scientific advisors have modelled a return to either full blown ‘step two’ restrictions or a mixed model with 50 per cent of step two rules for possible use in January

Step two would ban indoor gatherings, ban pubs and restaurants from serving indoors, and slap the “rule of six” on outdoor gatherings. According to reports this hasn’t yet been presented to government ministers.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said on Wednesday: “There is early encouragement from what we know in South Africa, that you have fewer hospitalisations, and the number of days they stay in hospital if they do go in is significantly lower than in previous variants.

“So at the moment we don’t think the evidence supports any more interventions beyond what we’ve done.

“But obviously we’ve got to keep it under very close review.

“Because if it is the case that we start to see a big increase in hospitalisations, then we would have to act further.

“And that’s why we need to keep it under close review.”

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