‘No doubt’ Christmas caused North East Covid spike

Experts admit there is “no doubt” Christmas caused a major spike in Covid cases across the North East.

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The pandemic peaked in our region in the days immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed families to mix indoors for the first time in months.

On December 29 alone, 2,432 people in the North East tested positive – a record. That equated to a positive case every 35 seconds.

That is one of several findings to emerge after ChronicleLive analysed Government data to paint a mixed picture of how our region has managed during the pandemic.

It is one that is both gloomy yet full of hope; Infection rates are falling, fewer people are in hospital – yet the North East’s death rate now comfortably exceeds Wuhan, the Chinese province where the virus may have originated last year.

Our findings come after the PM unveiled the roadmap out of England’s third lockdown, 11 months into the crisis.

Overall, the virus has claimed 6,339 lives in our region. Comparatively, in Wuhan, 4,636 have perished.

For Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, that death rate is reflective of a Government that “failed to deliver” at times during the pandemic.

“The Government have consistently failed at key moments in the fight against Covid-19,” claimed the Labour MP.

“They failed to deliver clear public messaging, they failed to deliver a world beating test and trace system, they failed to lockdown at the right time and they failed to protect vulnerable people in care homes. “

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