Why zero covid cases were reported today for every part of Teesside

No new covid cases were reported on Teesside on Friday – but there’s a reason why.

The totals for Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool showed zero on the Government’s covid-19 daily dashboard.

While case rates have dropped considerably in recent weeks, there has never been a day when no cases at all were reported.

But a change in the way the Government is totalling new infections has led to the anomaly on Friday, April 9.

In truth, 33 new cases would have been added to Teesside’s total on Friday – two in Redcar and Cleveland, four in Hartlepool, 12 in Middlesbrough and 15 in Stockton.

But a number previously recorded have been removed from each borough’s total.

The Government has chosen to take away those cases which were first identified through a positive rapid lateral flow test, but later found to be negative on a PCR test within three days.

This applies to 84 cases on Teesside that had first been reported as positives.

The covid dashboard will now not update daily totals for each borough, until the number of new cases overtakes those which have been removed.

No new covid hospital deaths were recorded on Teesside on Friday.

In total since the start of the pandemic, 610 covid patients have lost their lives at the South Tees NHS Hospitals Trust which runs Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.

At the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, 522 covid patients have died.

The covid vaccine rollout continues to be a success.

The proportion of people aged 50 and over on Teesside who have received a first dose up to April 4 stand at:

  • Middlesbrough, 47,097 have had a first dose (96.3%)
  • Redcar and Cleveland, 57,818 have had a first dose (95.8%)
  • Stockton, 72,814 have had a first dose (95.4%)
  • Hartlepool, 35,540 have had a first dose (94.2%)

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