Hundreds of people were seen sledging today on a Whitley Bay sports fields despite the nation being in the grip of the coronavirus lockdown.
A video, showing vast numbers of the general public having fun in the snow, was taken at Hillheads cricket field on Wednesday afternoon.
This comes just a day after Wendy Burke, North Tyneside Council’s director of public health, warned that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the borough was still “too high”.
In North Tyneside, cases rose from 395 in the week up to January 28 to 450 in the week up to February 4, with infection rates rising from 190.0 to 216.4.
However, the number of new cases has since dropped in the borough, with latest figures showed 374 new coronavirus cases in the last seven days, a reduction from 440 in the prior week.
Meanwhile, the total daily cases per 100,000 people was 180 in the last seven days a reduction from 212 the previous week.
Speaking on Tuesday Ms Burke warned there has been “a number of outbreaks” across the borough.
She said the majority of new cases was down to the virus’ UK variant.
She said: “Along with our partners and with the support of the public, we’re working extremely hard in the fight against coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, however, we continue to see significant community transmission of the virus and we are managing a number of outbreaks across the borough in various settings.
“While the seven-day rate per 100,000 people for North Tyneside is similar to the regional and national rates, we’re concerned that our rate has stabilised at too high a level and is not falling.”
She added: “Like elsewhere in the country, we are also starting to see the effect of the UK variant which is now prevalent in a majority of our cases and is highly transmissible.
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“I know how tough the ongoing restrictions are for many of our residents, but I must urge everyone to continue to show the resilience they have so far.
“Please follow public health advice – wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, make space and maintain social distance, get tested if you have symptoms, and stay at home and follow national lockdown guidelines.”
North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police declined to comment.
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