Middlesbrough and Hartlepool have recorded their largest daily increase in thyroid coronavirus cases since local lockdown measures took effect.
A further 166 cases were confirmed by Public Health England on Saturday evening, bringing the total number of tesides to 5,261.
Sanctions were effective in preventing the spread of the virus in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool – but Stockton, as well as Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland, were not affected.
Middlesbrough saw the biggest uptick on Saturday and, after its neighbor moved forward a day earlier, has overtaken Stockton as the area of most cases.
Redcar and Cleveland have now become the fourth Texide Council area to record more than a thousand cases.
On Friday, Teside Live reported how it took 11 days to rise from a total of 4,000 to 5,000.
It could move from 3,000 to 4,000 from the beginning of July to 20 September.
The latest breakdown is as follows:
- Middlesbrough 1,591 (64 up)
- Stockton 1,584 (up to 49)
- Redcar and Cleveland 1,030 (up to 32)
- Hartlepool 1,056 (up to 41)
The last two weeks have seen a sharp rise in daily numbers, the highest since the onset of the epidemic – in most cases exceeding 100 percent.
The previous highest daily increase was 126.
In the case of examinations, however, many more cases would have been filed in March and April if the examination capacity had not been limited to hospital admissions.
Public Health England also said on Saturday that the total report received in the coming days would include some additional cases between September 24 and October 1, leading to an increase in the number of cases.
Since then, the capacity for testing has increased and those with symptoms can test – although some people have found it difficult to book a local one in recent weeks.
However, the availability of more tests does not lead to this increase in cases, as local and national leaders have repeatedly confirmed that the proportion of tested is rising from the levels seen in July and August.
According to NHS figures, it was confirmed on Thursday that another person had died after testing positive for the virus, and the total number of hospitalized patients who died of covidia in Teside had risen to 404, according to NHS figures.