How the North East covid case rate compares to the rest of the UK

The North East coronavirus case rate has fallen during the second national lockdown but how does this compare to the rest of the country – here’s how the North East is doing.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 4:02 pm
Updated Monday, 7th December 2020, 4:03 pm
The North East coronavirus case rate is still one of the highest in England

England entered a new tier system on November 5 where the North East were placed under tier 3 but what is the North East case rate compared to the rest of the UK?

The allocation of tiers is based on five factors including each area's case numbers, the R number (reproduction rate of coronavirus), and the current and projected local pressure on the NHS.

The latest figures show 542 new cases of covid were recorded on Sunday, December 6 across the region.

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Since November the number of new covid-19 cases across the North East has dropped by just under 50 per cent from 1,021 on November 19 to 570 on December 3 – just two weeks apart.

Based on government data the North East’s case rate per 100,000 population in the last seven days was 166.4 – this puts the region in the top three highest case rates across the nine regions in England.

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The North East is not the worst affected area as the West Midlands leads the highest case rate with 178.1.

Following the West Midlands is Yorkshire and The Humber with a case rate of 173.9 – the second highest case rate.

The region with the lowest case rate is the South West with a rate of only 85.8, the majority of the South West region is currently under tier 1 restrictions.

Case rates are based on the total number of people with at least one positive COVID-19 test result in the most recent 7-day period.

The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area as some regions are larger than others.

Here is the full list of case rates by region in the last seven days across the country (with the week prior in brackets):

West Midlands 178.1

Yorkshire and The Humber 173.9

North East 166.4

East Midlands 163.8

London 163.6

South East 145.2

North West 143.1

East of England 122.6

South West 85.8

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