Which parts of South Tyneside were hit hardest by COVID?

The South Tyneside neighbourhoods worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been revealed in the first annual death toll of the virus.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:31 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:39 pm
South Tyneside's COVID death toll

The Office for National Statistics data – shows people living in less well off areas are more likely to die from the disease compared to those in more affluent parts of the borough.

In the 12 months from March last year, 424 people in South Tyneside died due to Covid-19 – 273 per 100,000 people.

The areas with the highest number of deaths were Harton East with 36 deaths due to Covid-19, Hebburn North (36) and Hebburn West (35).

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The areas with the fewest number of deaths were Cleadon and East Boldon (7), Fellgate and Hedworth (9) and Primrose (9).

The Institute of Health Equity said people in deprived areas were more likely to be unable to work from home and living in crowded accommodation.

Senior advisor Peter Goldblatt said: "Earlier and stricter lockdown would have saved lives disproportionately in deprived areas.

"However, to do this effectively would have required greater support to key workers and those in the gig-economy – a more generous and wider furlough scheme and other safety measures in the workplace, community and while travelling to and from work."

A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one.

"We have some of the highest vaccine uptake rates in the world but are going further, and recently publishing detailed plans so people from all communities get the right information to protect themselves and their loved ones."