Fenham is currently the North East's biggest Covid hotspot, although cases continue to plunge across the region.

The area, in Newcastle's West End, has the region's highest infection rate (115.1) with cases more than doubling there in the past week.

Overall, Newcastle's infection rate increased by 29% last week - although almost all the region's other councils reported a decline in cases.

And officials state Fenham's increase - from six to 14 - has not been caused by a known outbreak such as at a single school or a workplace.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson told ChronicleLive that cases are currently so low, a small number of new infections - such as an outbreak across a household - can appear to dramatically drive up the overall infection rate.

And Fenham is currently just one of two North East postcodes north of Teesside with an infection rate above 100.

The other is Shildon (106.4). However, cases in the County Durham town are down by 15.4% in the past seven days, falling from 13 to 11.

Besides Newcastle, only South Tyneside, which has the lowest infection rate in the region, didn't report a drop in cases. with the rate staying the same week-on-week.

These are the North East's current infection rates.

(The information, taken from the UK Government's interactive Covid map, is correct for the week ending April 14. Infection rates are based on the number of cases per every 100,000 residents)

Northumberland - 21.7 (70 cases, a decrease of 11.4%)

Newcastle - 39.6 (120 cases, an increase of 29%)

North Tyneside - 24.0 (50 cases, a decrease of 37.5%)

South Tyneside - 13.2 (20 cases, no change)

Gateshead - 19.3 (39 cases, a decrease of 13.3%)

Sunderland - 20.9 (58 cases, a decrease of 34.8%)

County Durham - 19.2 (102 cases, a decrease of 27.1%)