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Gateshead placed on Government watch list as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

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Gateshead has been officially placed on the Government's watch list for enhanced support following a spike in the number of coronavirus cases over the past week. 

Recent figures show that cases have more than trebled in the last seven days with 113 new cases in the first week of September. This equates to around 55 cases per 100,000 people and the rate continues to grow.

Although no formal restrictions, such as a lockdown, will be imposed at this stage, they could be imminent if infection rates continue to rise.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, said: "This is an extremely worrying situation for the borough and, if the infection continues to spread, we are likely to see some form of local restrictions.

"We are now seeing cases in every part of Gateshead which shows that the virus is circulating in the wider community. Although, at the moment, we are seeing a rise in cases from younger people, none of us can be complacent. Once the virus is out in the community it can spread quickly, and we need to do all we can to keep our more vulnerable residents safe. We ask residents to think about their role in spreading the virus."

The rise in cases has been linked to an increase in socialising - both at home and in pubs and restaurants.

Alice Wiseman continued: "Nobody wants to see further restrictions but if this virus is not brought under control, this may become inevitable, further affecting our communities and our economy. It's in everyone's interest to stop the spread of the virus so we can see our friends and family and keep our businesses trading."

Gateshead Council is taking a number of actions to help reduce the spread of the virus including:

  • suspending care home visits to all but essential visits
  • increasing enforcement action with businesses where guidance is not being appropriately implemented
  • an online system for residents to report any businesses for non-compliance of covid-safe regulations
  • enhanced contact tracing to try to identify any hot spots within the borough
  • increased testing in the borough with the introduction of a mobile testing unit and redeploying staff to support contract tracing
  • increased communications and targeting areas at risk.

Earlier this week, Gateshead Council Leader Martin Gannon, together with seven local authority leaders in the region released a stark warning about the rises in cases.

Councillor Gannon, said: "We have warned residents and businesses about the rise in cases and this is our last chance to prevent a local lockdown. We are concerned about the number of cases linked to socialising and we need businesses to do the right thing. We are stepping up enforcement and if a business is not protecting their staff or customers by following covid-safe procedures then we will not hesitate to close them down. We will do everything we can to keep Gateshead open."

As a reminder to residents, we ask for everyone's help to keep Gateshead safe by:

  • washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • avoiding touching your face
  • wearing a face mask where possible (unless exempt)
  • keeping a safe, 2 metre distance away from people
  • getting a test if you have symptoms

 

Get more information on our coronavirus pages

Coronavirus information
10 September 2020

Gateshead has been officially placed on the Government's watch list for enhanced support following a spike in the number of coronavirus cases over the past week. 

Recent figures show that cases have more than trebled in the last seven days with 113 new cases in the first week of September. This equates to around 55 cases per 100,000 people and the rate continues to grow.

Although no formal restrictions, such as a lockdown, will be imposed at this stage, they could be imminent if infection rates continue to rise.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, said: "This is an extremely worrying situation for the borough and, if the infection continues to spread, we are likely to see some form of local restrictions.

"We are now seeing cases in every part of Gateshead which shows that the virus is circulating in the wider community. Although, at the moment, we are seeing a rise in cases from younger people, none of us can be complacent. Once the virus is out in the community it can spread quickly, and we need to do all we can to keep our more vulnerable residents safe. We ask residents to think about their role in spreading the virus."

The rise in cases has been linked to an increase in socialising - both at home and in pubs and restaurants.

Alice Wiseman continued: "Nobody wants to see further restrictions but if this virus is not brought under control, this may become inevitable, further affecting our communities and our economy. It's in everyone's interest to stop the spread of the virus so we can see our friends and family and keep our businesses trading."

Gateshead Council is taking a number of actions to help reduce the spread of the virus including:

  • suspending care home visits to all but essential visits
  • increasing enforcement action with businesses where guidance is not being appropriately implemented
  • an online system for residents to report any businesses for non-compliance of covid-safe regulations
  • enhanced contact tracing to try to identify any hot spots within the borough
  • increased testing in the borough with the introduction of a mobile testing unit and redeploying staff to support contract tracing
  • increased communications and targeting areas at risk.

Earlier this week, Gateshead Council Leader Martin Gannon, together with seven local authority leaders in the region released a stark warning about the rises in cases.

Councillor Gannon, said: "We have warned residents and businesses about the rise in cases and this is our last chance to prevent a local lockdown. We are concerned about the number of cases linked to socialising and we need businesses to do the right thing. We are stepping up enforcement and if a business is not protecting their staff or customers by following covid-safe procedures then we will not hesitate to close them down. We will do everything we can to keep Gateshead open."

As a reminder to residents, we ask for everyone's help to keep Gateshead safe by:

  • washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • avoiding touching your face
  • wearing a face mask where possible (unless exempt)
  • keeping a safe, 2 metre distance away from people
  • getting a test if you have symptoms

 

Get more information on our coronavirus pages

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