381 further coronavirus cases and two more deaths recorded in Newcastle

The number of coronavirus cases in Newcastle increased by 381 over the weekend, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in Newcastle increased by 381 over the weekend, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A total of 46,627 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Newcastle when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on October 11 (Monday), up from 46,246 on Friday.

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The rate of infection in Newcastle now stands at 15,197 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 12,322.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 112,469 over the period, to 8,193,769.

There were also two more coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Newcastle.

The dashboard shows 486 people had died in the area by October 11 (Monday) – up from 484 on Friday.

It means there has been one death in the past week, which is a decrease on two the previous week.

They were among 6,618 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 Newcastle.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.

The figures also show that nearly two-thirds of people in Newcastle have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 188,203 people had received both jabs by October 10 (Sunday) – 63% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 78% of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.