North East health bosses have urged the public to take “decisive action” against the new strain of Covid-19.
Anyone who has come into contact with a person suspected of suffering from the Omicron variant must self-isolate at home for ten days, regardless of their vaccination status.
Meanwhile, a public inquiry will be held into controversial plans to build hundreds of new flats on the Newcastle Quayside.
Councillors rejected proposals earlier this year, after hundreds of objections from neighbours.
The firms behind the scheme are now bidding to revive the project, appealing to the government.
And metro staff have been praised for getting train services back on track after Storm Arwen. Ninety mile-per-hour winds brought trees crashing onto train tracks, downed overhead power lines, and left debris strewn across the Tyne and Wear rail network.