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Sharp reduction in coronavirus testing carried out in Gateshead

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With stricter restrictions facing Gateshead, following a spike in coronavirus cases, figures revealed today that the town has seen a significant reduction in testing being carried out.

At the start of this week, the number of coronavirus tests taking place in Gateshead had reduced by 26% from the previous week. Data shows a similar pattern across the North East whereas nationally testing has increased by 6%.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "At a time when Gateshead is facing further restrictions and we're asking our residents and businesses to make incredible sacrifices, this is simply not good enough. As an area identified for our higher prevalence of cases, we should have been prioritised for testing. It is impossible to measure the impact of the restrictions if we are not testing all those who could be positive."

"It appears that the testing system has broken down at a time when it is more critical than ever.  The North East demands greater support from Government. We're doing everything possible to overcome this crisis, people are working tirelessly to get cases down and we have implemented drastic measures to do so. This concern around testing is a major barrier to successfully controlling the virus."

"We have asked endlessly for greater control over testing and test and trace to help us to fully understand the virus and outbreaks as they occur. We submitted a comprehensive proposal asking for a support package from Government last week which included greater control over testing and test and trace, and we urge them to urgently consider these."

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council said: "This is a worrying situation. At first analysis, the data appears to show that the number of coronavirus cases are decreasing in Gateshead however the reality seems to be that less testing is being carried out. This could dangerously mask the reality of the situation. We need to understand how many people have been unable to access tests due to demand issues elsewhere. We are deeply concerned that we will be unable to identify positive cases and their close contacts leaving us unable to prevent onward transmission within our communities."

Gateshead has currently identified three locations for local testing sites and are awaiting a response.

With stricter restrictions facing Gateshead, following a spike in coronavirus cases, figures revealed today that the town has seen a significant reduction in testing being carried out.

At the start of this week, the number of coronavirus tests taking place in Gateshead had reduced by 26% from the previous week. Data shows a similar reduction in tests carried out across the North East whereas nationally testing has increased by 6%.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "At a time when Gateshead is facing further restrictions and we're asking our residents and businesses to make incredible sacrifices, this is simply not good enough. As an area identified for our higher prevalence of cases, we should have been prioritised for testing. It is impossible to measure the impact of the restrictions if we are not testing all those who could be positive."

"It appears that the testing system has broken down at a time when it is more critical than ever.  The North East demands greater support from Government. We're doing everything possible to overcome this crisis, people are working tirelessly to get cases down and we have implemented drastic measures to do so. This concern around testing is a major barrier to successfully controlling the virus."

"We have asked endlessly for greater control over testing and test and trace to help us to fully understand the virus and outbreaks as they occur. We submitted a comprehensive proposal asking for a support package from Government last week which included greater control over testing and test and trace, and we urge them to urgently consider these."

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council said: "This is a worrying situation. At first analysis, the data appears to show that the number of coronavirus cases are decreasing in Gateshead however the reality seems to be that less testing is being carried out. This could dangerously mask the reality of the situation. We need to understand how many people have been unable to access tests due to demand issues elsewhere. We are deeply concerned that we will be unable to identify positive cases and their close contacts leaving us unable to prevent onward transmission within our communities."

Gateshead has currently identified three locations for local testing sites and are awaiting a response.

Coronavirus cases update
02 October 2020

With stricter restrictions facing Gateshead, following a spike in coronavirus cases, figures revealed today that the town has seen a significant reduction in testing being carried out.

At the start of this week, the number of coronavirus tests taking place in Gateshead had reduced by 26% from the previous week. Data shows a similar pattern across the North East whereas nationally testing has increased by 6%.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "At a time when Gateshead is facing further restrictions and we're asking our residents and businesses to make incredible sacrifices, this is simply not good enough. As an area identified for our higher prevalence of cases, we should have been prioritised for testing. It is impossible to measure the impact of the restrictions if we are not testing all those who could be positive."

"It appears that the testing system has broken down at a time when it is more critical than ever.  The North East demands greater support from Government. We're doing everything possible to overcome this crisis, people are working tirelessly to get cases down and we have implemented drastic measures to do so. This concern around testing is a major barrier to successfully controlling the virus."

"We have asked endlessly for greater control over testing and test and trace to help us to fully understand the virus and outbreaks as they occur. We submitted a comprehensive proposal asking for a support package from Government last week which included greater control over testing and test and trace, and we urge them to urgently consider these."

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council said: "This is a worrying situation. At first analysis, the data appears to show that the number of coronavirus cases are decreasing in Gateshead however the reality seems to be that less testing is being carried out. This could dangerously mask the reality of the situation. We need to understand how many people have been unable to access tests due to demand issues elsewhere. We are deeply concerned that we will be unable to identify positive cases and their close contacts leaving us unable to prevent onward transmission within our communities."

Gateshead has currently identified three locations for local testing sites and are awaiting a response.

With stricter restrictions facing Gateshead, following a spike in coronavirus cases, figures revealed today that the town has seen a significant reduction in testing being carried out.

At the start of this week, the number of coronavirus tests taking place in Gateshead had reduced by 26% from the previous week. Data shows a similar reduction in tests carried out across the North East whereas nationally testing has increased by 6%.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "At a time when Gateshead is facing further restrictions and we're asking our residents and businesses to make incredible sacrifices, this is simply not good enough. As an area identified for our higher prevalence of cases, we should have been prioritised for testing. It is impossible to measure the impact of the restrictions if we are not testing all those who could be positive."

"It appears that the testing system has broken down at a time when it is more critical than ever.  The North East demands greater support from Government. We're doing everything possible to overcome this crisis, people are working tirelessly to get cases down and we have implemented drastic measures to do so. This concern around testing is a major barrier to successfully controlling the virus."

"We have asked endlessly for greater control over testing and test and trace to help us to fully understand the virus and outbreaks as they occur. We submitted a comprehensive proposal asking for a support package from Government last week which included greater control over testing and test and trace, and we urge them to urgently consider these."

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council said: "This is a worrying situation. At first analysis, the data appears to show that the number of coronavirus cases are decreasing in Gateshead however the reality seems to be that less testing is being carried out. This could dangerously mask the reality of the situation. We need to understand how many people have been unable to access tests due to demand issues elsewhere. We are deeply concerned that we will be unable to identify positive cases and their close contacts leaving us unable to prevent onward transmission within our communities."

Gateshead has currently identified three locations for local testing sites and are awaiting a response.

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