Around two million northeasterners will be subject to new restrictions as cases of the deadly coronavirus continue to rise.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed these new measures in a statement at the House of Commons shared today (Thursday, September 17) after the Government meets with North East councils and local MPs.
Speaking from the House of Commons, he said: “I know, the whole House knows, that these decisions have a real impact on families, on businesses and on local communities and I can tell everyone affected that we do not take these decisions lightly.
“We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act and the data says that we must act now so that we can control the virus and keep people safe.
“And I know that the people of the North East will come together to beat this virus, as defeat it we must.”
The North East has confirmed 18,963 cases of coronavirus according to the Government coronavirus dashboard.
This equates to a rate of 710.2 per 100,000 people.
This places the North East third behind:
- The North West: 63,376 cases and a rate of 863.3 per 100,000 people
- Yorkshire and The Humber: 41,257 cases and a rate of 749.7 per 100,000 people.