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Latest coronavirus news and updates


See the latest news and information about coronavirus from ourselves and the government.

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Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health

Source: DCC press release, published 29 November 2021

It has been the case throughout the pandemic that new variants could emerge at any time. The Omicron variant, as it has been named by the World Health Organisation, was first identified in South Africa, and has since been found in several countries, including the United Kingdom.

See Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health .


LA7 Leaders' statement - Covid winter plan and 12-15s vaccinations

Source: DCC press release, published 15 September 2021

With the return of colder weather on the horizon, and children and young people going back to schools, colleges, and universities, it is essential that clear and robust plans are put in place to protect us from any significant increase in Covid-19 cases and the burden that would place on the NHS.

See LA7 Leaders' statement - Covid winter plan and 12-15s vaccinations.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 14 September 2021

See the latest update from the Prime Minister at YouTube Coronavirus press conference: 14 September 2021.


Nominate your Covid Hero

Source: DCC news, published 8 September 2021

Do you know a local hero who embodies the region's renowned goodwill?

See Nominate Your Covid Hero.


More than £700,000 to make community venues Covid-safe

Source: DCC press release, published 16 August 2021

Community centres in County Durham, which are helping their local area to recover from Covid, are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.

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Over 300 County Durham businesses benefitted from £6m recovery grant

Source: DCC press release, published 27 July 2021

More than 300 businesses have been supported and over 3,500 jobs safeguarded through a County Durham coronavirus recovery grant.

See Over 300 County Durham businesses benefitted from £6m recovery grant.


LA7 statement: North East named as Enhanced Response Area

Source: DCC press release, published 23 July 2021

Covid-19 restrictions may have been lifted, but from Monday the whole North East will receive additional government support as an Enhanced Response Area following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the area, serving as a sobering reminder that we all still have a responsibility to make sure we continue to do our bit.

See .


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 12 July 2021

The Prime Minister has today confirmed the next steps in the easing of lockdown.

See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (12 July 2021) for details.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 5 July 2021

The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown.

See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (5 July 2021) for details.


Press releases

For all of our press releases relating to the coronavirus outbreak, see Coronavirus news.

Changes to services

For all the latest changes to our information and support services, see our Covid-19 advice and information page.

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