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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Latest coronavirus news and updates


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

Latest news

LA7 statement: We all have a part to play in keeping region safe as restrictions are lifted

Source: DCC press release, published 13 July 2021

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with taking the next step on the Roadmap out of lockdown, with most restrictions set to be lifted next week.

See LA7 statement: We all have a part to play in keeping region safe as restrictions are lifted .


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.


LA7 leaders urge caution as delta variant spreads

Source: DCC press release, published 23 June

Throughout this pandemic the people of this region have responded collectively and effectively at every stage, but we really need everyone to continue to pull together to help drive down the worrying rise we are seeing in coronavirus cases.

LA7 leaders urge caution as delta variant spreads


'Play your part' plea as partners respond to rise in Covid cases in Durham City

Source: DCC press release, published 18 June 2021

People in and around Durham City are being asked to play their part in slowing the spread of coronavirus following a significant rise in cases.

See 'Play your part' plea as partners respond to rise in Covid cases in Durham City for details.


Leaders call for patience while backing roadmap delay

Source: DCC press release, published 15 June 2021

The government's decision to delay the further lifting of restrictions is one we support given the concerning rise in case numbers due to the spread of the delta variant.

See Leaders call for patience while backing roadmap delay for details.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 14 June 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

See Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (14 June 2021) for details.


Parkrun events return to North East - a statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health

Source: DCC press release, published 10 June

Following discussions with organisers and thorough reviews of risk assessments, we're pleased to be able to support the return of Parkrun events to the region.

Organisers have worked hard to put in place measures that keep attendees safe, and we're delighted that residents will once again be able to participate in these events and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits they offer.

Parkrun events return to North East - a statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health


NHS vaccine bus to deliver more walk-in jabs across County Durham

Source: DCC press release, published 7 June

Run by health staff from Easington District, Sedgefield North and North Easington Primary Care Networks, the mobile clinics will deliver first vaccinations only to people living or working in County Durham.

Those able to receive their jab will include people who are within the current eligible age cohorts, carers, health & social care frontline staff and people over the age of 16 years who are clinically vulnerable, or have a learning disability, who have not yet had their first jab.

See NHS vaccine bus to deliver more walk-in jabs across County Durham for more information.


Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health ahead of the May Bank Holiday: Carry on being cautious to limit virus spread

Source: DCC press release, published 27 April

We are all aware of the headlines in our region this week with Covid-19-related advice that was issued regarding travel in and out of North Tyneside. Several of our communities have had confirmed cases of the variant of concern of the virus, known as the Indian variant, and for North Tyneside this has resulted in enhanced testing and extra vaccination services being available. While it has since been clarified that there are no formal restrictions on travel anywhere in our region, we should all continue to proceed with caution to protect our communities, wherever we live.

Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health ahead of the May Bank Holiday: Carry on being cautious to limit virus spread


Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health: Thank you for helping us take the next step forward

Source: DCC press release, published 14 May

Monday marks a major step forward in the ongoing battle with the pandemic.

Statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health: Thank you for helping us take the next step forward


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 10 May

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

Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021)


Statement from LA7 leaders: Remain cautious as restrictions prepare to further ease

Source: DCC press release, published 9 April

As the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown comes into effect, we're asking residents across the North East to be cautious as we are once again able to visit shops, personal care premises, indoor leisure facilities and outdoor hospitality settings.


Statement from LA7 Leaders: One year on and the Covid fight goes on

Source: DCC press release, published 22 March

This is a significant week in our fight against Covid-19 as we reach the anniversary of the first national lockdown. A year ago when the first lockdown was announced no one could imagine then how it would impact on all our lives. Tomorrow (Tuesday 23 March) we will all pause at noon in a moment of silent reflection while monuments will be lit up across the region in memory of and in tribute to all those who have lost their lives to Covid.

Statement from LA7 Leaders: One year on and the Covid fight goes on


Statement from LA7 leaders: Support throughout the road to recovery

Source: DCC press release, published 8 March

Today (Monday 8 March) marks an important milestone on our road to recovery as we reach the first step of the Government's plan for easing lockdown restrictions.

Statement from LA7 Leaders: Support throughout the road to recovery


Statement from LA7 leaders: Stay vigilant and help us recover

Source: DCC press release, published 1 March

This week marks another important stage on the cautious road to recovery with the Budget on Wednesday and schools opening next Monday, but as we said just a few days ago we must continue to be vigilant.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 22 February

The Prime Minister has announced that the Covid-19 rules will be eased in stages.

Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (22 February 2021)


LA7 leaders call for more support while welcoming cautious approach to easing of lockdown in latest joint statement

Source: DCC press release, published 22 February

The government's announcement of a cautious approach to easing lockdown is sensible but it needs to be kept under constant review.

LA7 leaders call for more support while welcoming cautious approach to easing of lockdown in latest joint statement


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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