Recently released figures from Public Health England show Sunderland has around 370 diagnosed Coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. This startling statistic now means Sunderland is rank number 1 in England for cases of the disease.
Independent think tank Centre for Cities spokesman Paul Swinney recently stated, “It is not exactly clear why Sunderland has had the highest number of confirmed cases per head of population”. However, some boffins have cited that with Sunderland having an older population this can mean the City has a larger probability of having underlying health conditions. Recent data from 2018 shows 13.7% of Sunderland’s population is aged over 70 of who are more likely to be highly vulnerable to the disease.
As of April 26th the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust reported 248 deaths to date in local hospitals from the Covid-19 virus. This followed disturbing images showing temporary mortuaries being set up at Sunderland Royal Hospital to cope with extra patients who had passed away from the disease.
To further cope with the crisis, Sunderland Council have also recently worked with the Government to convert part of the upcoming International Automotive Manufacturing Park into a makeshift 460 bed Nightingale Hospital should there be a mass shortage of critical care beds.
A Sunderland For Transparency spokesman stated “These are the darkest days our City has faced in many decades. We commend our brave essential workers who are working tirelessly to keep the City going. We would like to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who have passed away. Stay home save lives protect the NHS”