The North East’s route of out lockdown must be slow and cautious, public health bosses say.
A Government review of the third national lockdown that has been in place since early January is due to begin on Monday, February 15, with Boris Johnson having promised to release a “roadmap” out of the restrictions the following week.
Covid-19 infection rates have been slowly falling across the North East, albeit with some recent case spikes in certain areas, but experts have warned that lockdown measures cannot and must not disappear overnight.
Prof Eugene Milne, Newcastle’s public health director, said that the faster-spreading Kent variant of the virus has meant cases have fallen more slowly during this lockdown than they did last year – and therefore requires extra caution when deciding how and when to reopen schools and businesses.
More than 52,000 people in the city have now received a first dose of a…