Coronavirus latest news: Euros supercharged infections in north east England –

Coronavirus latest news: Euros supercharged infections in north east England –

Mark Adams, the joint director of public health for Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, said the Euro 2020 final, in which Italy beat England on penalties earlier this month, helped “supercharge” infections in the North East.

Middlesbrough currently has the highest rate of new cases in England – although it is down sharply week-on-week from 1,421.5 cases per 100,000 people to 695.8. The biggest fall was recorded by Redcar and Cleveland, which is down from 1,520.2 to 668.6.

With the areas to be offered enhanced support by the Government to tackle its case rates, Mr Adams told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The rates tended to kick off just after the Euros football final – our three highest days were three-to-five days after that final, so I think our momentum was kind of picking up then and that event just supercharged it up to the unfortunate position we found ourselves in.

“But what we have seen over the last week is our rates have more than halved, and so even though everyone else’s rates are coming down as well, our rates seem to be coming down very quickly.

“So I think areas like Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and places you’ve seen in the North West and further north in the North East, are more susceptible to Covid because of the types of jobs that people do, the inability to work from home – Middlesbrough was cited in the ONS survey of being in the bottom 10 of areas where people are able to work from home.”

Mr Adams said his team was contacting those people who had not yet come forward for their first vaccine jab to encourage them.

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