The number of coronavirus cases in Gateshead increased by 72 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and one more death was recorded.
A total of 61,250 cases had been confirmed in Gateshead when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on February 22 (Tuesday), up from 61,178 on Monday.
The cumulativerate of infection in Gateshead, which covers the whole pandemic, stands at 30,329 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 28,149.
If one person tests positive for the virus more than 90 days after the first infection, two infection episodes will be recorded, according to the UK Health Security Agency.
Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 40,876 over the period, to 18,695,448.
People with a positive lateral flow test no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test to confirm the result unless they have coronavirus symptoms.
UK case numbers now include LFT results for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
There was also one more coronavirus death recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Gateshead.
The dashboard shows 561 people had died in the area by February 22 (Tuesday) – up from 560 on Monday.
It means there have been two deaths in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.
They were among 7,885 deaths recorded across the North East.
The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Gateshead.
Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.
The figures also show that nearly two-thirds of people in Gateshead have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The latest figures show 111,820 people had received a booster or third dose by February 21 (Monday) – 62% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.
A total of 144,479 people (80%) had received two jabs by that date.
Across England, 66% of people aged 12 and above had received a booster.
Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.