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North East coronavirus restrictions

People across seven council areas in the North East are now subject to stricter coronavirus restrictions after a spike in cases.

Here's a reminder of some of the key points:

  • The rules affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham council areas
  • There is a ban on households mixing both inside and in gardens, but outside in a park could be alright if people social distance, a health boss said
  • The measures mean restaurants and bars will only be able to offer table service and will have to shut between 22:00 BST and 05:00
  • Holidays are permitted but only with members of your household or support bubble
  • People should not spectate at any grassroots sport or play sport in the restricted areas

There is some confusion over whether to exclude grandparents helping with childcare from the restrictions, with discussions between Newcastle CIty Council and the government taking place yesterday.

Where will the new measures cover?

The new measures are expected be in place in the areas covered by Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.

Areas managed by the councils of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland will not be covered by the new restrictions, it is believed..

The region's rise in infection rates

Daniel Wainwright

BBC England Data Unit

While parts of north-west England have consistently had the highest rates of new infections for some time now, areas of the North East have also been reporting big increases.

In the week to 30 August Sunderland had 24 cases. Two weeks later it was 228.

The rise in South Tyneside was also very large, up from 70 cases in the last week of August to 141 in the week to 13 September.

Parts of the region are recording rates they haven't seen since May, when the country was still subject to most of the full lockdown measures.

Testing capacity has increased since then but there have been shortages due to the recent surge in demand.

What is the North East's infection rate?

The North East has seen a resurgence of coronavirus in recent weeks and four boroughs were last week placed on the government's watchlist for areas needing "enhanced support".

On Monday, councils in the seven areas of Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland called for new restrictions.

BBC analysis of the government's figures shows that, as of Wednesday, Bolton had the highest rate in England at 204.1 per 100,000 people in the week to 13 September.

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BBC

Sunderland's rate was 82.1 per 100,000 people, South Tyneside was 93.4, Gateshead was 81.7, Newcastle was 64.1, North Tyneside was 46.7, with County Durham at 37.4 and Northumberland at 25.7.

In total there were 1,106 new cases in a seven-day period.

Sunderland added to watchlist after steep rise in coronavirus cases

Sunderland has been added to Public Health England's watchlist for "enhanced support" in the fight against Covid-19 after 244 new cases in the last week.

The new cases were recorded in the seven days to 8 September and equate to about 75 cases per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than the national rate, the council says.

Although there are no formal lockdown measures there are warnings that if cases continue to rise some could be reimposed such as restrictions on opening hours in pubs, bars, or restaurants and other venues.

Yesterday Newcastle and Gateshead councils confirmed they will be added to the updated list and South Tyneside is expected to be on Friday afternoon's list too.

Keel Square in Sunderland
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Actions being taken by the City Council and its partners include:

  • Suspending care home visits to all but essential visits
  • Visiting suspended on all adult inpatient wards at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Increased monitoring of licensed premises and appropriate enforcement - this will be focussed initially on pubs, clubs and bars
  • Local follow-up of cases to increase intelligence about how people are being exposed to the virus

We are very close to a local lockdown if there is not a rapid and drastic reduction in the number of cases. The virus is spreading across Sunderland and we need to work together to stop it.

The current situation is extremely serious and if more people do not take more responsibility and act more sensibly then we will go back into a lockdown."

Councillor Graeme MillerLeader of Sunderland City Council