391 further coronavirus cases in South Tyneside

The number of coronavirus cases in South Tyneside increased by 391 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

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.
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 South Tyneside increased by 391 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 40,814 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in South Tyneside when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on January 18 (Tuesday), up from 40,423 on Monday.

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The rate of infection in South Tyneside now stands at 27,005 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 23,103.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 93,890 over the period, to 15,399,300.

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 currently only include LFT results for England and Northern Ireland, with lateral flow testing data for Scotland due to be added in the coming weeks.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in South Tyneside.

The dashboard shows 520 people had died in the area by January 18 (Tuesday) – which was unchanged from Monday.

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

They were among 7,333 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 South Tyneside.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

The figures also show that three-quarters of people in South Tyneside have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 106,534 people had received both jabs by January 17 (Monday) – 77% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 83% 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.