455 further coronavirus cases and one more death recorded in Newcastle

The number of coronavirus cases in Newcastle increased by 455 over the weekend, official figures show – and one more death was 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 455 over the weekend, official figures show – and one more death was recorded.

A total of 43,684 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Newcastle when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on September 20 (Monday), up from 43,229 on Friday.

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The rate of infection in Newcastle now stands at 14,238 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 11,272.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 94,147 over the period, to 7,465,448.

There was also one more coronavirus death recorded over the weekend in Newcastle.

The dashboard shows 478 people had died in the area by September 20 (Monday) – up from 477 on Friday.

It means there have been five deaths in the past week, which is an increase on four the previous week.

They were among 6,461 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 182,219 people had received both jabs by September 19 (Sunday) – 65% of those aged 16 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 82% of people aged 16 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.