Life in a North East Covid ‘blackspot’
As people in the North East welcomed in the New Year, thousands were forced to self-isolate with Covid-19.
Government data for the seven days to January 1 revealed that every North East borough, with the exception of County Durham, recorded a case rate of more than 1,600 per 100,000 people testing positive for the virus.
And as a result they were considered to be areas with the most severe case rates in the country, appearing in the highest case rate category on the government coronavirus data website.
Now those living in a North East ‘blackspot’, where case rates were almost 3,000 per 100,000 in the seven days to January 1, have spoken about what it’s like to live in an area with one of the highest case rates in the country.