Stockton worst affected as 361 new daily covid-19 cases confirmed on Teesside

Another 361 covid-19 cases have been confirmed on Teesside – with Stockton once again worst affected.

Across the Stockton borough, another 149 cases were announced in Public Health England data released on Tuesday evening.

Stockton – which went into Tier Two ‘local lockdown’ a fortnight later than neighbouring Middlesbrough and Hartlepool – still has the highest infection rate on Teesside.

It also has recorded the highest number of cases since the pandemic began in March – with 4,929.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty had told MPs that the North-east was the only region in the country where the R rate is dropping towards one.

There has been a drop in infection rates across Teesside in the past week, potentially as the Tier Two restrictions begin to take effect.

On Tuesday, another seven deaths among covid-19 patients at James Cook University Hospital were confirmed by the NHS.

It comes as England gets set to enter a four week national lockdown.

Here is the total number of cases recorded since March, and the new infections announced on Tuesday. Of course, the true number of cases across Teesside is likely to be much higher, as widespread community testing was not available in the early months of the crisis.

  • Middlesbrough – 3,739 (up 70)
  • Stockton – 4,929 (up 149)
  • Redcar and Cleveland – 2,722 (up 78)
  • Hartlepool – 2,444 (up 64)